December 10, 2011

South Indies: Nuchinunde | Steamed Lentil Dumplings


I don't know why I haven't blogged about it before, My Ajji ( Maternal Grand mother ) makes the best Nuchinunde ever. For those who don't know what Nuchinunde is, these are steamed lentil dumplings traditionally served as a snack or as a breakfast. It very popular in Karnataka & especially in the Bangalore/Mysore region. These have to be served alongwith a Yogurt based dip, Hasi Majjjige Huli (Highly Recommended)  which just takes about 5 mins to whip up

I mustered up courage & made these for the first time, hoping that it would turn out as good as my Ajji does. Did it?? Well, it was close :-)

Nuchinunde
 

To Make Nuchinunde:

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 1 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 cup Moong Dal
  • 2 onions - finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill - finely chopped
  • 6-7 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
  • Salt as per taste

How To:
  • Wash all the 3 lentils in water & soak them together for about 3 hours or overnight.
  • In a mixed, grind the lentils coarsely along with green chillies without adding any water.
  • In a bowl, mix together ground lentils, onions, dill leaves, grated ginger, coconut & salt.
  • Make oval shaped dumplings & steam them for about 10 mins. You could either use a microwave steamer or a traditional steamer for this.

To Make Hasi Majjige Huli

You Will Need:
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp Hurigadale or Chutney ka Dal
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 cup fresh yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

How To:

  • Dump all the ingredients in a mixer/blender & blend until smooth. Temper with mustard seeds
Serve warm with Hasi Maggije Huli .. Enjoi !!!

NOTE:
  • You can omit onions if you wish to.
  • Replace dill leaves with any other greens such a chopped spinach, fresh methi leaves or even loads of chopped fresh coriander
  • You can even serve these with a simple coconut chutney instead of Hasi Majjige Huli.
  • While grinding the lentils, keep the texture in mind. Do Not make it into a smooth paste & Do Not add water

34 comments:

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

Looks delicious Deesha! I have never made Nuchinunde, will have to try your recipe :)

DEESHA said...

Do give it a try Chinmayie, you will fall in love with these :-)

Shri said...

These bites look like those perfect appetizers! we are in a strange position is it not? We often use foods that have been transported thousands of miles and have acess to certain vegetables all year round, without ever thinking whether they are in season or not!

Suma Gandlur said...

I prepare them with only chana dal never tried with the dal combo you mentioned. Have to give it a try.
I really like that background you have been using recently. (Mane, right? :)) It makes the food pop.

Nags said...

what a cute name! i've never heard of them before.

manjooo said...

i loved this...will be trying it soon

Prathibha said...

very delicious nucchinunde Deesha...yummy n beautifully photographed

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks wonderful and beautiful click :)

ANU said...

wow steamed and healthy....looks nice...


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Tina said...

Looks perfect and delicious..

Sharmilee! :) said...

This sounds new to me..looks healthy and flavourful

Deepti Pawar said...

Sounds like masala vadas sans the calories from the deep frying. Surprises me how I've never heard of these even though I hail from Bangalore.

Rachana said...

I've never heard of them but they look so inviting. A great click, Deesha :-)

DEESHA said...

@Deepti: unfortunately, nuchinunde is not available in local darshinis here unlike Akki Rotti n stuff so you wouldn't know abt this, unless you been making it at home.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Never heard abt this dish.. too good.. grt clicks.. n very much inviting dish.. bookmarked..

Kadhyaa said...

Heard lot about this dish but never tried it..looks really nice. nice clicks tooo :)

Priyanka said...

Looks delicious and inviting

Priya said...

Wat a healthy and super delicious unde.

Shreesudhi said...

I love it Deepthi, nice picture

Vanamala Hebbar said...

My fav deesha...nice

zareena said...

Never had this before Deepthi.Looks very delicious. Nice name too.

Sum said...

I love nucchinunde and hubby is wanting me to make them from a long time... should make it soon.. Nice pic...

cumincoriandercardamom said...

Love it.. Tagged it http://cumincoriandercardamom.wordpress.com/recipes-i-love/

Asmita said...

Looks delicious and healthy!

Jayashree said...

I have never eaten nuchinunde before, but must say they look delicious.

Shilpa said...

Looks yummy deesha..your presentation of food is mind-blowingly beautiful:)

manjooo said...

A Fabulous Blog Award is waiting for you at my space. I will be happy if you could drop in and collect it :)

chitraj.hegde said...

yummy and lovley nucchinunde.....i also heard abt this..but never tried ...very lovely recipe....book marked....

M D said...

Beautiful! Nucchinunde looks fab!

Indrani Bagchi said...

Amazing & tempting!

nidhi said...

Not heard of this. But looks tempting must try at least once

Divya said...

Thanks for yet another very nice recipe. But I don't know what you mean by "Daliya". In fact, I have never come across this word.

Do you know what it is called in Kannada/English? I think it'll be helpful if you could include meanings of such words within brackets in your blog.

DEESHA said...

@ Divya: Will keep in mind the next time .. Daliya is 'Hurigadale' in Kannada

Roo said...

Hi.. Tried ur recipe.. Fmly n frnds totally loved it. Thank u for sharing it online. :)