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Nuchinunde ( Undehuli) - Steamed Lentil Dumplings / Vegan and Gluten Free

A very healthy and nutritious, protein packed steamed Lentil dumplings which are spicy and tasty with loads of flavours
Course Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18
Author Jayasri


  • Tuvar Dal 1 Cup
  • Channa Dal 1/3 cup
  • Urad Dal 1/4 cup
  • Moon Dal 1/4 cup
  • Dill leaves 1/4 bunch around 1/2 cup
  • OR
  • Ponnangani Keerai around 1/2 cup
  • few sprigs of coriander leaves
  • one sprig of curry leaves
  • one inch Ginger
  • 6 to 7 Green chillies
  • salt to taste
  • Asafoetida / Hing 1/8 tsp
  • Chopped coconut pieces


  • Wash and soak all the Dals. Drain all the dals for some 10 minutes so there is no water, Clean all the greens chop them up, green chillies and ginger as well.
  • Grind the Dals in a mixer coarsely with green chillies and ginger and little coconut.
  • In a large bowl take the coarsely ground dal with the chopped greens, salt and Hing.
  • Mix them all together with some more chopped coconuts.
  • Make small oval shaped balls out of it and steam them in a Idli cooker or place them on Idli moulds and steam in a cooker for 15 minutes without the weight in a medium flame.
  • Once done take them out serve it with coconut chutney or with a dollop of ghee.


When making for festivals make as said in the recipe above you can omit Ponnangani Keerai.
You can just add coriander, curry leaves and coconut.
You can also add chopped veggies make it more inviting for kids!!
Don't forget, grind the Dals coarsely.
Usually Nuchiunde is made with only Tuvar Dal. But you can always use any dals in different variations.
You can add this in Majji ge Huli ( Yogurt gravy) or in Sambhar and call it Unde Huli, that is dumpling in Sambhar.