Instant Moong Dal Masala Idli

Servings: 14 idlis
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Breakfast
Time: 40 minutes
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Healthy, delicious, and packed with protein. Try these Instant Moong Dal Masala Idlis that do not require fermentation. Gluten-free and a healthy alternative to the traditional ones with rice. Perfect for diabetics.


  • 1 cup dhuli moong dal (split green gram)
  • 1/4 cup curd
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (sarson)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp chana dal (split chickpea)
  • 1/2 tsp dhuli urad dal (split black gram)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp (or one sachet) Eno fruit salt


  • To begin, soak dhuli yellow moong dal (split green gram) in water for two hours. Drain well and grind into a smooth and fluffy paste without adding any water.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add in curd and whisk it well. Keep aside.
  • Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add in mustard seeds (sarson) and cumin seeds (jeera). Allow them to crackle.
  • Add chana dal (split chickpea), urad dal (split black gram), and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  • Next, add in ginger garlic paste, grated carrots, and chopped green chillies. Saute until dry.
  • Transfer this into the dal mixture and mix well. Season with salt, chopped green coriander leaves, and asafoetida (hing).
  • In the meantime, prepare the steamer.
  • Grease the idli mould well with oil.
  • When the steamer is ready, add Eno fruit salt into the batter. You can also use ½ tsp baking soda instead. Mix well making sure to stir in one direction only.
  • Pour in the batter immediately into the moulds until three-fourths. This ensures that the idlis have space to rise.
  • Steam for 10-12 minutes. Do not overcook.
  • Demould the idlis and serve them hot with your favorite chutneys.


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This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

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