March 19, 2014

Instant Healthy Mung Sprouts Dhokla | Steamed Savory Chickpea Indian Cake Recipe

Learn how to make a dhokla with mung bean sprouts, a popular snack from the state of Gujarat. Filled with protein goodness and familiar flavors, this vegan dish serves as a perfect snack or a brunch item. Want more ideas for snacks/appetizers? Browse few more here.

Has it been more than a month since I wrote a post here? It was never my intention to take a break but sometimes life comes in a way one wouldn't really expect and before the realization dawns, time just slips away before it could be caught hold of. So, before its too late and I let the inertia to settle in, I literally dragged myself to publish this favorite recipe of mine - Mung Sprouts Dhokla, a version I tried and simply fell in love with. Making of the traditional version with just chickpea flour, also called as Khaman Dhokla is pretty common in many households. To give it a nutritious twist, I made today's recipe with handful of mung sprouts. Sprouting for me is very therapeutic in a way I can't explain in words. It is just an amazing feeling to see a fistful of dried beans convert into live sprouts. 

Try this super simple salad or this appetizer if you still have leftover sprouts to use up!

Sprouts | one of the super healthy foods
Dhokla with Moong dal Sprouts and tons of veggies

Instant Healthy Mung Sprouts Dhokla | Steamed Savory Chickpea Indian Cake
Serves 3 to 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes


1 cup mung (whole green gram) sprouts
1/2 cup spinach (or any other greens like fenugreek, kale etc)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 tsp ginger and green chilli paste (or use finely chopped ginger and 1 green chilli)
2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp oil

For tempering (tadka):

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
few curry leaves
2 garlic pods, crushed


1. In a bowl, mix together - coarsely ground mung sprouts, grated carrot, spinach, ginger-green chilli paste, chickpea flour (besan), asafoetida, salt, eno/baking soda and turmeric. 

2. Mix everything to make a coarse mixture. 

3. In a flat plate, grease generously with oil. Place the mung dal mixture and spread evenly. Steam in a steamer or a pressure cooker (without the whistle) for 12 to 15 minutes or until the dhokla is cooked. 

4. Heat oil and add all the ingredients listed under "Tempering" one-by-one. Saute for a few seconds and pour this tempering over cooked dhokla. Cut into pieces and serve with chutney. 


1. Add the eno (fruit salt) or baking soda just before steaming. Don't let it sit for long once added.

2. Lightly cool the dhokla before cutting into pieces. Oiling the plate is necessary to avoid sticking it to the bottom.

Sending this recipe to My Legume Love Affair # 69 hosted by Cindystar. The idea was initially conceptualized by Susan and currently being managed by Lisa. Also linking this recipe to Let's Cook with Seeds at Simply.Food.


Did you like what you just read. then Subscribe to Cooking With Siri feed  (OR)

Enter your email address and Never miss a post..

Delivered by FeedBurner

Be the first one to know what I am going to post next by "Liking" Cooking With Siri page on Facebook and follow me on twitter.

until next recipe,


  1. really nutritious recipe... can't wait to try!

  2. This is brilliant, Siri! I love the speckled look and how healthy it is.

  3. gorgeous gorgeous green dhoklas loaded with all that protein- now this is what i call guilt free snacking

  4. Lovely recipe and so healthy too, inviting you to link it to Lets cook with seed event at

  5. Love this recipe - super healthy and I bet it is delicious! Moong sprouts are my favorite and I always have them on hand - I am surely going to try your recipe! Love your blog - I am getting hooked on it:)

  6. Well, never give a try to sprouting, I must confess :-(
    But there's always a chance to learn and you were here for that! :-)
    Lovely recipe, thanks for participating to MLLA, round-up is now on-line:


'Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it' ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks for taking time to leave your feedback.

Note: Any comments with external links will not be published.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...