Moong Dal Dhokla

Moong Dal Dhokla Recipe | How to Make Moong Dal Dhokla

What is Moong Dal Dhokla?

Moong dal dhokla is a steamed snack made using yellow lentil (moong dal). Flavored with ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves, and garnished with coriander leaves.  Moong dal dhokla can be prepared for breakfast or for snacks.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Moong Dal Dhokla

Moong dal dhokla calls for moong dal. Moong dal should be soaked for 4-6 hours; I soaked it for overnight. If you like you can add chopped ginger and chili to ground dal. I have not added any spices, you can add chili flakes, ground black pepper etc. Little lemon juice is added to activate the fruit salt, (eno). For the tempering sesame seeds (til), cumin seeds (jeera) can be used, although my favorite is mustard and curry leaves combination for all my dhokla recipes.

Another healthy and protein-rich recipe is stuffed moong dal cheela. You can find it here. A new twist to bread can be given is bread dhokla. It has an awesome texture. Find the recipe here.

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How to make Moong Dal Dhokla

1. Strain off the water in which dal was soaked. Transfer 1 cup soaked moong dal to grinding jar. Add 2-3 chopped green chilies and 2 inches chopped ginger piece. Add 1-2 tbsp water to grind the dal.

Moong Dal Dhokla

2. Make a paste. Check the consistency. It should be as that of idli batter.

Moong Dal Dhokla

3. Add salt to taste, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, and 1 tsp sugar, a pinch of asafetida, 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp yogurt (dahi).

Moong Dal Dhokla

4. Before proceeding make sure your steamer is ready and plates are greased, as the batter should not be held after adding fruit salt. Now it is time to add fruit salt (Eno). Add ½ tbsp fruit salt. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Moong Dal Dhokla

5. Lemon juice will activate the fruit salt very effectively.

Moong Dal Dhokla

6. Pour in greased pan.

Moong Dal Dhokla

7. Sprinkle little Kashmiri red chili powder; it will give a nice contrast. However, it is totally optional.

Moong Dal Dhokla

8. Steam on a medium flame for 10-12 minutes, until the dhokla is cooked. Check by inserting a knife or toothpick. It should come out clean. If there is batter on it, steam for 2 minutes more.

Moong Dal Dhokla

9. Take it out of the steamer and let it cool down a bit. Thereafter run a knife on the sides of the pan.

Moong Dal Dhokla

10. Invert on a plate.

Moong Dal Dhokla

11. For tempering heat 1 tbsp oil. Let 1 tsp mustard seeds (raie) crackle.

Moong Dal Dhokla

12. Pour hot tempering on the dhokla. Garnish with chopped coriander. 

Moong Dal Dhokla

13. Cut and serve with green chutney. Bon appétit.

Moong Dal Dhokla


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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