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Moong dal puttu | savory version | easy breakfast recipes

by Jeyashri suresh
I am still getting back to the routine after a hectic and fun filled India trip. I thought i will take my camera from Monday but i can’t stay away from that. While returning back from India, in the  flight, we are served with Moong dal puttu in the flight. It was a small portion but tasted very well. Me and Suresh happily relished the puttu and recalled all the wonderful moments about the trip. From yesterday i was thinking i should make this moong dal puttu at home. Finally i made this for breakfast and we both enjoyed this moong dal puttu again. It turned out almost the same which we had in the flight.


Moong dal puttu

  Preparation Time : 1 hour+ 10 mins | Cooking Time :15 mins |   Serves : 2

Yellow moong dal    1 cup
Coconut grated  1 tblsp
Green chilli   1
Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
Asafoetida   a pinch
Salt    As needed
Turmeric powder   a pinch
Oil    2 tsp
Curry leaves   few
Coriander leaves   few   
  Salt     as needed  
  Sugar   1/2 tsp
  Lemon juice  1/2 tsp (optional) 

Moong dal puttu


  • Soak moong dal in water for an hour. After an hour drain the water and grind this into a smooth paste along with little salt.
  • Do not add water while grinding.

Grind moong dal

  • Steam this in a idli maker for 10 minutes.

ready-to steam
steamed moong idlies

  • Allow this to cool and grind this in a mixer like how me make for paruppu usili. In a pan add oil, mustard seeds , curry leaves, chopped green chillies and asafoetida.

steamed-grind moong

  • Add the moong dal and add sugar to this. Add turmeric powder and the grated coconut.

Add-steamed moong

  • Mix well and add coriander leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes in a low flame.
  • Switch off the flame and add lemon juice.


  • Always serve this hot.
Moong dal - puttu
  1. Ensure the moong dal is well cooked while steaming. Else while grinding the mixture will be soggy.
  2. Do not over cook the steamed mixture else the puttu will be dry. You won’t get soft puttu.

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Suja Ram July 3, 2014 - 8:39 am

Excellent and a very different recipe Jeyashri. Will try this soon.

Ramya Venkateswaran July 3, 2014 - 9:23 am

healthy puttu:)will give a try soon

Kurinji July 3, 2014 - 9:34 am

Healthy puttu...my mom make like this way...

nandoos Kitchen July 3, 2014 - 9:59 am

wow! healthy puttu. looks yumm..

Priti S July 3, 2014 - 10:49 am

I had this ages back ....brings back lot of memories ...looks just to yum

Veena Theagarajan July 3, 2014 - 1:18 pm

healthy breakfast.. I love this puttu also

Deepa Viji July 3, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Wow.... A very different way of having a healthy breakfast

Viswam Water Saving Services July 4, 2014 - 12:29 pm

yummy, easy to make. After tasting my amma says - everyday is jeyashri's kitchen day.

Sayantani July 5, 2014 - 3:10 pm

very new dish to me. looks lovely

Kaveri Venkatesh July 7, 2014 - 6:57 am

Something new to me...Looks very yummy

aksheita sharma July 12, 2014 - 12:41 pm

a differnt recipe very healthy and very tasty

Meenal Ramanathan July 23, 2014 - 9:39 am

i tried this puttu. i felt that the raw smell of moong dal. it means that should i steam it for some more time.

Unknown August 20, 2015 - 6:06 am

Hi thanks for alovely recipe. I made it todaya nd it came out beautifully fluffy and tasty. Just to share asmall modification- I ground the dal with the ginger and green chilly and salt before steaming and the flavor was very good. Thanks again for an awesome, nutritious and easy to follow recipe!

Pooja January 3, 2019 - 5:30 pm

What side dish will go well with this puttu

Jeyashris Kitchen January 7, 2019 - 4:30 am

We can have this as such. A typical Kadala curry will go well too. Check out the recipe index for recipe.


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