Today I am sharing a very delicious snack recipe . It can be prepared easily with easily available ingredients in your pantry. Savoury Dumplings / Khara Nuchinunde can be served with tea or coffee as a snack or even eaten for breakfast. You can make these dumplings / nuchinunde and freeze them in air tight containers. Stays good for a week in freezer. I would prefer to make them fresh though. A few days back I had shared the Nuchinunde soup recipe.

Ingredients for Savoury Dumplings / Khara Nuchinunde:

  • Masoor dal– This orange colored dal is nutritious and loaded with proteins.
  • Channa dal: An excellent source of protein for vegetarians.Rich in fiber andgood source of energy.
  • Fresh Ginger: Aids digestion and fights germs and soothes sore muscles too.
  • Coriander: Enhances the flavor and taste of the dish. Rich in immune boosting antioxidants.
  • Fresh Coconut: Rich in anti oxidants and is known to be good for the heart
  • Green Chilli: Adds a nice spice kick to the dish. Aids digestion and is rich in fiber.
  • Dil Leaves: Fresh dil leaves gives a nice aroma to the dish .Rich in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin A.
  • Salt: Main ingredient of the dish.
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds: Rich in anti oxidants and good for health
  • Oil— A small quantity of odourless oil for the tadka.
  • Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds adds a nice crunch and taste to these dumplings. It is rich in fiber and calcium.
  • Asafoetida: Has Antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial effects. 
  • Turmeric: Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds with Powerful Medicinal Properties.
  • Red Chilli Powder: Adds some spice kick to the dish.
  • Mustard seeds: I love to add them for the seasoning
  • Curry Leaves: Adds a nice aroma and taste to the dish.

Recipe for Savoury Dumplings / Khara Nuchinunde:

  • Author: Preethi Prasad
  • Prep Time : Soaking time 3hrs + 10 Mins
  • Cook Time : 30 Mins
  • Total Time :40 mins excluding soaking time
  • Course : Snack / Breakfast
  • Cuisine : INDIAN

Ingredients for Savoury Dumplings/ Khara Nuchinunde:

For Nuchinunde:

  • 1/2 Cup Masoor Dal
  • 1″ Fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Channa dal
  • 1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 Tbsp Dil Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Coriander
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil to grease your palm
  • 1 Cup Freshly grated Coconut
  • 2 Green chillies finely chopped
For Tadka / Seasoning:
  • 2 Tbsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3/4 Tsp Jeera / Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Urad dal
  • 3 Tsp Oil


  • Soak Masoor dal and channa dal for about 3 hours. Drain the water completely after 3 hours.
  • Grind the soaked dal and ginger to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding.
  • Add freshly grated coconut, finely chopped green chillies , jeera , asafoetida and salt.
  • Add dil leaves and finely chopped fresh coriander . Mix all the ingredients.
  • Grease your palm and take a small qty of mixture and make oval shaped dumplings. Repeat the process for the balance mixture.
  • I got about 21 dumplings. I used 8 dumplings for the soup and freezed the balance in an air tight container for next day .
  • Steam the required amount of dumplings for about 15 mins.
  • If you are steaming in a cooker then do not put the weight.
  • Keep them aside.

For the Tadka:

  • Heat a wide bottom pan.
  • Add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot reduce the heat and add sesame seeds , urad dal,mustard and jeera.
  • Saute for a few seconds and add curry leaves, turmeric and chilli powder.
  • Add the steamed dumplings and mix well. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve with Coffee or tea.
  • Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Preethi, this Khara Nuchinunde reminds me of the Gujarati muthiya expect of course the different dals used, the coconut and some of the spices. Such a healthy snack to enjoy.

  2. These nuchinunde look delicious. You have made them so healthy by using dalls rather than ready flours. They do remind me a bit of Gujarati rasiya muthias which can be used in a yogurty soup.

  3. You remind me of my aunt making these nuchin unde. Of course I did not much appreciate it then but I definitely want to try making them. The dals n coconut will get it yum flavors

  4. This is our muthia’s cousin from south, i just saw this recipe on youtube by someone else and love it and since then its in my mind. yours looks tempting

  5. Wow Preethi these savoury steamed dumplings looks superbly delicious. I am literally drooling. Dumplings with mixed dal and specially the tadka, I can feel the taste and flavour. Bookmarking the recipe to try soon.

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