nuchinunde are steamed toor dal dumplings. healthy and gluten free breakfast from karnataka.
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Nuchinunde | Steamed Toor Dal Dumplings

Nuchinunde are steamed toor dal dumplings, a traditional breakfast or snack recipe from Karnataka. Its a healthy gluten free recipe, served with coconut chutney or majjige huli.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 15 dumplings
Author: Madhavi


  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 4 green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 tbsps dill, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • oil to grease the plate


  • Wash the toor dal with plenty of water.
  • Soak the dal in water for at least 3 hours.
  • Drain the dal and leave the dal in the colander for few minutes. Its important that the toor dal doesn’t have any water in it.
  • Transfer the dal, ginger and green chilly to a mixer or food processor. Pulse it few times to get a coarse mixture. Do not make a puree. It’s OK to have few big chunks of the dal.
  • Transfer the coarsely ground dal in to a big bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients like onion, dill, curry leaves, coriander leaves and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Take a small portion of the lentil mixture and make a oval shaped dumpling.
  • Grease the idly stand and place the dumplings in it.
  • Steam the dumpling for 11- 12 minutes.
  • Wait for ten minutes before you open the steamer.
  • Serve the nuchinunde hot with chutney or majjige huli.