Dal Veggie Idli: A Quick and Delicious Recipe


Craving a healthy and delicious breakfast that’s ready in a flash? Look no further than Dal Veggie Idli! This South Indian staple gets a vibrant twist with protein-packed lentils and colorful veggies. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a perfect way to sneak in some extra nutrients for a satisfying start to your day.

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  • Preparation Time: 24 Hours
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Serving Size: 2

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Nutritional Value of Dal Vegetable Idli

Calories350 kcal
Carbohydrates20 g
Protein20 g
Fats4 g
Fibre15 g

Dal Veggie Ingredients

Moong Dal1 cup, soaked overnight
Curd1/4th cup
Small Grated Carrot1
Chopped Capsicum2 tbsp
Chopped Onion2 tbsp
Chopped Beans2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds1/2 tsp
HingA pinch
Curry Leaves5-6
SaltAccording to taste
Eno1 sachet
Green Chili1
Grated Ginger1 inch

How to make Dal Vegetable Idli?

  1. Overnight Soak: Start by rinsing 1 cup of moong dal thoroughly. Then, soak it in enough water to cover it for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. This ensures the lentils soften and blend easily.
  1. Grind to a Smooth Batter: Drain the soaked moong dal the next day and add it to your blender with ½ cup of fresh curd. Blend until you get a smooth and slightly coarse batter. You can add a splash of water if needed to achieve the right consistency.
  1. Veggie Time! Transfer the blended batter to a bowl. Now comes the fun part! Add your chopped vegetables of choice. Some popular options include grated carrots, finely chopped green bell peppers, chopped onions, or steamed and mashed green peas.
  1. Seasoning and Eno Magic: Add salt to taste and mix everything well. Here’s where the magic happens! For a fluffy texture, add 1 teaspoon of eno (fruit salt) and about 1 tablespoon of water. Mix gently until the batter becomes frothy. Important tip: Don’t overmix after adding eno, as this can affect the fluffiness of your idlis.
  1. Steam It Up! Grease your idli molds with a few drops of oil. Now, carefully spoon the batter into each mold, allowing it to rise. Preheat your steamer and steam the idlis for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  1. Enjoy! Once cooked, remove the idlis from the steamer and let them cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Dal Veggie Idlis with your favorite chutney or sambar!

Benefits of Dal Veggie Idli

  • High in Protein: Lentils used in dal veggie idli are an excellent source of plant-based protein. 
  • Good Source of Fiber: Including vegetables in dal veggie idli increases its fiber content. Fiber aids in digestion, helps maintain bowel regularity and contributes to feelings of fullness. 
  • Nutrient-Dense: Dal veggie idli incorporates a variety of vegetables such as carrots, capsicum, onions, and beans. These vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, promoting overall health. 
  • Low in Fat: Dal veggie idli is typically low in fat, especially with fried snacks or dishes. 
  • Balanced Meal: Dal veggie idli combines protein—and carbohydrate-rich lentils with fiber-rich vegetables. This balanced combination helps stabilize blood sugar levels and provides sustained energy. It can be a wholesome breakfast, lunch, or dinner option that keeps you satisfied and nourished.
  • Versatile and Customizable: Dal veggie idli is highly versatile and can be customized based on personal preferences and dietary needs.
  • Suitable for Various Diets: Dal veggie idli can accommodate different dietary preferences and restrictions. It is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. The dish’s vegetarian and vegan nature caters to those following plant-based diets.
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