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a side shot of a plate filled with Spicy Steamed Lentil Balls and a fork over it

Spicy lentil balls

Simple, tasty, healthy, gluten-free and protein packed balls made with Dal. These steamed lentil balls can be served for breakfast or as an evening snack.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Soaking time 2 hours
Total Time 27 minutes



  • Here is what you need to do to make it at home. Soak chana dal lentils in water for 2 hours. Then drain the water and coarsely grind them into a dry crumbly paste. No need to add water. Take it off onto a bowl. Then in the same blender jar add grated coconut, green chillies, ginger paste, asafoetida¬†(skip this one if you have gluten allergy), salt and turmeric powder. Blitz to make a dry paste similar to the lentils mixture. Transfer it to the bowl, add chopped cilantro and mix it all together. Then, shape into elongated balls by holding a palm full of this lentils mixture and rolling in the palm. You will just need one palm to do this. Place them in a greased steamer tray/dhokla tray. I used an Idli Cooker for this recipe. Steam these lentil balls for 10-12 minutes. Serve them warm along with some coconut chutney, ketchup or even green chutney. I enjoyed it as is though!