Lentils/Dals Spinach Dhokla



Authentic version of Dhokla uses rice and bengal gram or urad dal which are soaked overnight, ground to a batter, spiced up with ginger. Here I tried healthy version with lentils – Green Moong Dal, yellow moong dal and Red lentils.

Health benefits:

Green gram dal and moong dal are both derived from the mature mung bean. High in fiber as well as other nutrients, green gram dal is a low-fat source of protein.

Yields-10-12 slices
Preparation time-10 minutes
Soaking time-5-6 hours
Cooking time-15 minutes


  • Yellow moong- 1/2cup
  • Green moong beans/whole green gram-1/4cup
  • Red lentils- 1/4cup
  • Chopped Spinach -1cup
  • Ginger-1/2inch piece
  • Green chillies-2-3
  • Salt- to taste
  • Baking soda-1/2tsp
  • Lemon juice-1tbsp
  • Oil- for brushing

For tempering:

  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • White sesame seeds-2tsp
  • Split green chillies-2 (use only if you are a spice lover)
  • A sprig of curry leaves

For garnishing:

  • Chopped fresh cilantro/coriander



  • Wash and soak green gram, yellow moong, red lentils for atleast 5-6hours. After soaking time rinse again and drain thoroughly.
  • Combine soaked and drained dal with ginger, spinach, chillies and ground to a semi coarse  paste (add a little water at a time while blending)
  • Meanwhile heat little water in a large pan.
  • Once the batter is ready, add salt, baking soda, lemon juice mix well and set aside for 5-10 minutes
  • Grease the 7 or 8” vessel or cake pan, pour the batter and place the pan in the pan- steam cook for 12-15 minutes /until the tooth pick inserted comes out clear.

For tempering:

  • Heat oil in a small pan add mustard seeds as it crackle, add sesame seeds saute for few seconds.
  • Add the green chillies. curry leaves and saute on a medium flame for few more seconds.
  • Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly on top.


Mint sauce final


  • Make sure not to add more water while grinding.
  • And the batter should not be too thick OR too thin.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on May 27, 2015, in Indian, Starters, Vegan and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  2. This looks awesome!!


  3. Looks great.. love the usage of spinach in dhokla.

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  4. So healthy. Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

  5. A.K. Maleeke

    I really like your recipes. I love indian food and seems like a great vegan choice. Will try soon!

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  6. I like that this is steamed. I imagine the texture is really nice.


  7. WOW!I always wanted to try dhokla and this luks healthy, tasty and super delicious. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Pinned! I am so making this. I would love to add rice though and I am sensitive to red lentils. Do you think I can replace red lentils with rice?


  9. This recipe I have to try. Thanks so much for this, Chitra.

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  10. Definitely suggesting this one to my mom 😀 Thank you 🙂


  11. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  12. Wonderful, this is one unique nutrition filled dhokla recipe. Looks great too. Dfly trying it.

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  13. Very healthy recipe Chitra..Loved the addition of spinach too.

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  14. Looks spongy 🙂 healthy dhokla

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