Steamed mixed lentil dumplings/ Nuchhina hunde – Zero Oil



Nuchinunde – These are steamed lentil dumplings traditionally served as a snack or as a breakfast. It is very popular in the state of Karnataka, India.

Traditionall toor dal and channa dal/split chickpeas is used to make these dumplings but here I have used multi lentils to make it healthy and relishing.

Fresh dill make the dumplings more flavorful , these hearty bites are steamed without using any oil  and can be served for a snack and  are vegan friendly, for gluten free version just skip oats and just make them with lentils.

These can be served alongwith a Yogurt based dip/chutney.

Yields-15-18 dumplings
Preparation time-10 minutes
Soaking time- 3-4 hours/overnight
Cooking time-12-15 minutes (per batch)


  • Toor dal-1/2cup
  • Green gram-1/2cup
  • Brown lentils-1/2cup
  • Yellow moong dal-1/2cup
  • Oats-1/4cup
  • Green chillies-3-4
  • Ginger-1/2inch piece
  • Finely chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped fresh dill leaves-1cup
  • Salt-as per taste


  • Wash and soak toor dal, green gram, brown lentils, yellow moong dal in water for 3-4 hours/ overnight.
  • After soaking time drain water thoroughly from the soaked lentils and place them in a blender/food processor along with green chillies, ginger and whizz to a coarse mixture without adding any water.
  • Transfer the ground mixture to a bowl, add in onion, dill leaves, salt, oats and mix well until well combined.
  • Pre-heat water in a steamer/idly pan and make a oval shaped dumplings and arrange them in a steel bowl.


  • Steam them for 10-12 minutes.


Serve hot with dips/Chutney’s:

Almond and Curry Chutney:

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Roasted Peanut Chutney:

Peanut chutney

Split peas Chutney:

Split peas Chutney1


  • Make sure not to add any water while blending.
  • If the mixture is too soggy to form dumplings add extra oats.
  • Microwave steamer/the traditional steamer can be used to steam these dumplings.

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 July 9, 2015, in Appetizers, Indian and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. My mother never made dumplings like these

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  2. Amazing!!! Chitra can you believe this… I’ve never had one in my life,though I’m in Bangalore.. 😱😱
    Such a delicious one.. Love this!!

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  3. I really need to ask you doc… How are you so talented?? I mean all this coming from a doc is so unbelievable…
    You’re a true all rounder for sure!! ❤️❤️

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  5. I am reminded of Kozhukattai when I see these dumplings 🙂 Looks great! 🙂

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  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe . I love the color of the recipe

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