Moong Dal and Spinach Idli

Eliminating rice reduces the calorie count of these spinach idlis, making them suitable for diabetics as well. The same moong dal batter can also be used to make healthy pankis and pancakes.

Moong Dal and Spinach Idli

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Moong Dal and Spinach Idli recipe - How to make Moong Dal and Spinach Idli

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     12Makes 12 idlis
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1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram) , soaked for 3 hours and drained
3/4 cup blanched and roughly chopped spinach
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
1 tbsp fresh low-fat curds
salt to taste
1/2 tsp fruit salt
1/4 tsp oil for greasing

For Serving
healthy coconut chutney

  1. Combine the yellow moong dal , spinach and green chillies and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste without using any water.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the curds and salt and mix well.
  3. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt to the batter and pour 2 tsp water over it.
  4. When the bubbles form, mix gently.
  5. Grease the idli moulds using oil, put spoonfuls of the batter into idli moulds and steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the idlis are cooked.
  6. Cool slightly, demould and serve immediately with sambhar and healthy coconut chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per idli
Energy26 cal
Protein1.8 g
Carbohydrates4.2 g
Fiber0.8 g
Fat0.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium8.6 mg
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli Video by Tarla Dalal


Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
 on 27 Feb 21 12:59 PM

A masterpiece and delicious!
Tarla Dalal
27 Feb 21 01:43 PM
   Thank you for your kind words. Please keep trying more recipes and sharing your comments with us.
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
 on 30 Aug 20 09:21 AM

Tarla Dalal
29 Sep 20 09:11 AM
   Thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
 on 11 Apr 19 06:56 PM

tasted good but turned out a bit hard - not sure why as i followed the recipe
Tarla Dalal
12 Apr 19 09:06 AM
   Hi Arati, Fruit salt has been restricted due to the health angel of this recipe. You can increase the quantity to get soft and fluffy idli.
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
 on 02 Jul 17 10:03 PM

Delicious and mouth watering!
Tarla Dalal
14 Jul 17 10:42 AM
   Sonal, thanks for the feedback.
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
 on 07 Oct 14 03:17 PM

Idli made using yellow moong dal and spinach...both the ingredients are low in glycemic index and hence when you have it during keeps you active throughout the day....