Monday, September 24, 2007

Bele undi - Steamed Lentil Dumpling




Bele undi, steamed lentil dumplings, is one of my
favorite snacks. I often make this steamed dumplings
because the recipe does not require cooking oil.

I have not eaten these steamed dumplings in
restaurants in India. I remember eating these dumpling
regularly in my home in Bangalore.

My mom always used fresh grated or finely chopped
coconut to do Bele undi. My mother also added
some ground cinnamon and cloves to make it it spicier.
Here, in United States, instead of coconut, I add carrot.
This is pretty versatile dish, you can use various chopped greens or
herbs such as spinach, parsley , mint or cilantro.

Bele undi, is made with chana dal - resembles yellow
split peas. Chana dal is widely used in Indian
cuisine. In southern India, chana dal is used to make
various spice blends, gravies, and also sweets such as
puran poli. Vada - deep fried lentil dumplings , made
from chana dal is a popular street snack in south
India.

Chana dal is also known as Bengal Gram dal.

Chana dal is good for people with diabetes. Visit
to know more about health benefits of chana dal.

Visit mahanandi for other great chana dal recipes

Bele Undi for RCI: Karnataka, hosted by Asha

Bele Undi

1 cup chana dal
1 cup chopped dill
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 finely chopped carrot
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp garam masala or curry powder
3/4 cup water
Salt to taste

Method
Soak chana dal in water for 4 hours and then drain the water.
Using a blender, make it into a coarse paste adding water.

Mix the coarse paste of chana dal, with onion,
carrot, dill, spices and the salt.

From 2 tablespoon of this mix, make oblong balls
and steam cook it in a rice cooker or idly cooker for
about 15 minutes or until the batter sets completely.

I usually eat these dumplings without any dipping sauce. However,
you can use chutney or salsa to eat with these lentil dumplings.

13 comments:

reiskeks said...

Ahhh, I like all kinds of dumplings so much, especially the so delicious ones from India and Asia... :-) I hope you will keep posting such treasures in your blog ! Thank you very much! *Namaste*

The Little Vegan said...

Muffins store prtty well in the freezer... but with me, there usually aren't any left to be frozen!

Those dumplings look uber-tasty.

Asha said...

Hi Kumudha, great entry, thank you so much!:))
Regional Cuisines of India, that is RCI.

Sharmi said...

Hi Kumudha, you have a very pretty name! thanks for dropping by. you have a nice blog here!!

TBC said...

Steamed dumplings...great snack & very healthy & filling too.

Cynthia said...

I've bookmarked this recipe to try. It certainly sounds delicious.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

your dumplings look delicious. my fresh dill needed another reason...

Kumudha said...

reiskeks,
If you like dumplings, then you will surely like this! Let me know if you try it.

the little vegan,
Thank you.

Asha,
Thanks for hosting RCI:Karnataka.
I'm sure there will be many vegan recipes.

Sharmi,
Thank you!

TBC,
yes, they are very filling!

Cynthia,
Let me know when you try it!

Vicki's vegan vice,
Dill is such a wonderful herb, it has an amazing aroma. Hope you try this recipe.

urban vegan said...

YUM. I am not a fan of frying, so these are right up my alley.

aTxVegn said...

These dumplings look wonderful! I can't wait to try them.

Rajitha said...

i should try this kumudha..great for health too

Alec said...

Just letting you know we tried these the other night and they were wicked good! We actually baked them instead of steaming them and they were delicious. Thanks for the great recipe! Keep it up!

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