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 coarseย  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 8โ€ 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 is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

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 Negroโ„ข.


  2. This looks awesome!!


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

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  4. So healthy. Thanks for sharing

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  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 ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


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

    Liked by 1 person

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

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  14. Looks spongy ๐Ÿ™‚ healthy dhokla

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