Nuchinunde recipe | How to make nuchchinunde | Karnataka style spicy dal dumplings

By Latha on July 11th, 2016

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Nuchinunde or nuchchinunde is a popular breakfast or snacks recipe from Karnataka. Nuchinunde is prepared by steaming the broken pieces of dal and spices. Nuchinunde or spicy broken dal dumplings are very tasty and guilt free snacks recipe. Nuchinunde is a traditional recipe from Bangalore Mysore region of Karnataka.

"Nuchu or nucchu" translates to broken pieces of dals or grains and "unde" translates to ball or dumplings in Kannada language. So the name nuchinunde or nuchina unde for this steamed broken dal dumplins. This is very tasty, healthy and my favorite. It is very good for kids as well.

Generally nuchinunde or nucchinunde is prepared using toor dal or the combination of toor dal and channa dal (bengal gram dal). And is served along with a raita called "Hasi Majjige". I have also posted the recipe of Hasi Majjige, which tastes great with nuchinunde. You can enjoy these tasty dumplings without any accompaniment also. So do try and enjoy!!

This recipe is from my colleague Kavitha, who prepared this for me when I was pregnant. Oh...I enjoyed it so much and I learnt this recipe from her. Now my son is very fond of these dumplings.

If you are looking for more breakfast recipes then do check our breakfast section. Or if you are looking for more snacks recipes then do check our snacks section. Also you can find recipes from Bangalore-Mysore region of Karnataka.

Nuchinunde recipe

Preparation time: 4 hours
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1/2 cup toor dal
  2. 1/4 cup gram dal or chana dal
  3. 1 onion finely chopped (optional - I didn't use)
  4. 1 - 3 green chilli finely chopped
  5. 1/2 " length ginger finely chopped
  6. 5 - 6 curry leaves finely chopped
  7. 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  8. 1/4 cup grated coconut
  9. A generous pinch of asafoetida
  10. 1/4 cup dill leaves / sabsige soppu finely chopped (optional)
  11. Salt as per your taste

Instructions for making nuchinunde:

  1. Rinse and soak toor dal and gram dal (chana dal) for 4 hours.rinse and soak toor dal and channa dal for nuchinunde or nucchinunde
  2. After soaking drain the water and coarse grind the dals without adding any water. You can also add green chili and ginger while grinding. I just finely chop them and add.grind toor dal and channa dal for nuchinunde or nucchinunde
  3. Transfer it to a wide bowl. Add in all other ingredients like chopped onion (optional - I didn't use), green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves, grated coconut, asafoetida, dill leaves (sabsige soppu) and salt.all ingredients for nuchinunde or nucchinunde
  4. Give a quick mix. Do not add any water.mixed ingredients for nuchinunde or nucchinunde
  5. Now take a big lemon sized dal and spice mixture and prepare dumplings using your palms.preparing dumplings for nuchinunde or nucchinunde
  6. Arrange them on a greased idli plate.arrange nuchinunde or nucchinunde dumplings on idli plate
  7. Steam them for 15 minutes. Serve tasty nuchinunde with Hasi Majjige and enjoy!!steaming nuchinunde or nucchinunde

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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