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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nuchinunde/ Steamed Dal Dumplings


Hey folks, I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial day weekend!!!

Last couple of weeks have been busy for me.... Doing what, you ask?? Well, nothing much!! I mean... I don't know! I got busy on the phone with friends, I shopped (not just window shopping.... I bought some stuff too!! :-)...), did some sightseeing (or "time pass", as Naveen calls it) with friends!!!

And now, I'm finally  back to my kitchen and to Mane Adige! Nuchinunde is a traditional dish mostly relished in Mysore/Bangalore/Shimoga  regions of Karnataka. Nuchinunde is usually made with toor daal. However, you could even add some chana dal for some variation in taste. Traditionally, nuchinunde is served with majjige huli (will post the recipe for majjige huli soon).... But it tastes pretty good with coconut chutney as well!!


1 cup Toor dal (soaked in water for about 3-4 hours)

1/2 cup Grated coconut, fresh/frozen

2-3 Green chilies, low to medium spiced OR 1/2 tsp Red chili powder

1/4 tsp Hing

1/2 tsp Jeera powder

1" Ginger, chopped finely

2-3 strands Cilantro, chopped finely

1 strand Curry leaves, chopped finely


  1. Drain out all the water from the soaked dal and grind coarsely along with coconut, green chilies, jeera and curry leaves; DO NOT add any water while grinding and also, make sure NOT to grind the dal too smooth.
  2. Add hing, salt, chopped cilantro and mix well. You could even add 1/2 tsp sugar for a tinge of sweetness!
  3. Make ping pong sized dumplings with the dal mixture; Place in a steel container and steam cook the dumplings for about 12-15 minutes (I use the pressure cooker for this purpose; Don't forget to remove the weight!!)
  4. Serve hot with majjige huli or coconut chutney or any other side dish of your choice.



  1. You could try adding some chopped pudina/mint for a change in flavor. Though I couldn't try it myself, I have a strong feeling that it would taste great!! :P
  2. Instead of a whole cup of toor dal, you could use 3/4 cup of toor dal and 1/4 cup of chana dal. That would give a slightly different taste!!
  3. I think, adding finely chopped onions would be great too.... You could try that! :)


FH said...

Read what I did on long weekend at FH!:D

Glad you enjoyed, we all needed that 3 days off, didn't we? I bought lot of Summer clothes for Trisha and myself too.
Nuchinunde looks yum. My family never made this at home, so I have to try from your recipe, will do!:)

Suganya said...

Hi Ramya...
Nuchinunde looks so good. First i thought it was a type of laddu. Sounds so nice. Nice snack for a evening.

Vani said...

I love togsri nuchchina unde! Do check my version in ny blog sometime- mine is with onions. Enjoy summer!

ranji said...

delicious dumplings ramya!!loved it..

Lakshmi said...

We love nuchinunde. We used to get it as a snack when we were children. Nice pic too.

Unknown said...

Nuchina unde...;,) yummy. We always add onion to that and make coconut chutney. Looks delicious Ramya.

Red Chillies said...

So glad that you had a wonderful weekend and that you did lots of shopping. Hey, loved your picture, you are so pretty!
I have heard so much of Nuchinunde, but never made it. Gotta try!

KonkaniBlogger said...

Unde looks great Ramya, never had it before. Will try ur recipe sometime.

Ramya Kiran said...

hey ramya.super recipe.my mom makes it in the same way and so do i.i prepare ur cucumber gojju as a side dish for this.me and kiran can hog on this for lunch :)tk care

Srivalli said...

not heard of Nuchinunde..but it sure looks yummy and should taste great..will try it out sometime...nice to know you had a gala time..:)

bha said...

nice recipe and looks yum...thanks for introducing

Finla said...

Dumblings looks delicious.

Purnima said...

Ramya, glad to know u enjoyed urself! Hey those Unde look delicious, lovely color and new to me, steaming! Wow..I shall try these out...tks for sharing!

Sia said...

just few days bk i had seen nucchinunde recipe at vani's blog and mentally noted to make it soon. now u have given me double reason to try it.
glad to know u had great time ramya. i am longing for one long vacation :)

bee said...

this looks sooooo delicious!!!

Cham said...
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Cham said...

We do something similar dumpling and drop them in yoghurt gravy or tamarind gravy. Looks delicious & healthy :)

Uma said...

I never tried my hand at any kind of dumplings. Your recipe makes me to try it. Lovely recipe and gorgeous picture, Ramya!

Kalai said...

Wow! Looks delicious and healthy using steaming to cook it. Lovely pic, Ramya! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Ramya I used to prepare a gravy n put these dumplings in that... It turns out very very gud..

Sagari said...

very new recipe ramya ,looks yummy

Dori said...

These look really good, I would love some :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like laddoo though, sure must taste good.


Vandana said...

I make something like this, called paruppu urundai, and put in rasam etc. Nice post. Thanks for visiting my blog. Also when you make the bell pepper rice, reduce the black pepper amount, if serving kids. My kids found it a little bit spicy.

EC said...

I too have made this and added to sambhar...never thought of it as a snack..thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

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nirupamasundar said...

Ramya, Nuchinunde looks tasty. YOu can drop the balls one by one in tamarind gravy when it boils, take it apart and finally when the tamarind gojju shrinks, add the balls and garnish. It is called paruppu urundai kuzhambu in tamil nadu

Unknown said...

We also call it as bELe unde.
You can try adding sabbakki soppu. It gives awesome taste. And also Chopped Coconut :)

Nice Posting


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i am also a mysorean but stay in maharastra.i prepared thogari nuchinunde..it was very tasty and yammy. my husband loved it and he wants me to prepare that again and pack it to his office.

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Chandra Shekar said...

I'm frm Abu Dhabi and my BIL, Ganesh from Dubai joins me for weekend. We tried Nuchinunde by adding little Channa Dhal, Ginger & Pudina. It came out excellent. Tnz for the recipe. Good Bless All.

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