Lentils, Snacks

Thogari Masala Nuchina Unde | Steamed Lentil Snack – step by step pictures

Nuchina Unde or Nuchinunde is a healthy snack from Karnataka. Thogari in Kannada means Toor Dal. It is a protein packed and steamed food  which is often served with Coconut Chutney or Majjigehuli .

It makes for a sumptuous evening snack and we often skip dinner after this. Its very easy to make with a combination of Toor Dal and Channa Dal (split pigeon pea and split bengal gram respectively). I choose to make it with the former as its light on the tummy. This snack is generally shaped into oblong dumplings and
steamed, but at home we prefer to make it as a flat cake so that the steamingprocess is uniform and also easy to serve.

Dont scrimp on the ghee before serving – that addition takes it to sublime high levels when eaten hot 🙂

Addition of onions and fennel , as done here is purely optional. It tastes just as yummy without these too. Do
give it a try and let me know how you liked it. The step by step pics are also given here for easy reference.


Prep time : 15
mins + 2 hours soaking time | Steaming
 : 12 – 15 mins
(depending on quantity)

Makes : 20 – 25 medium sized pieces.

Spice level : Medium

Difficulty level : Easy

Serving suggestions : Any chutney / Tomato Ketchup


Toor Dal / Split Pigeon Pea – 2 cups

Red chillies – 4 to 5 (adjust spice)

Turmeric – 1/2 TBSP

Salt – to taste

Ghee / clarified butter – 2 TBSP

Onions – 1 medium (chopped)

Fennel / Saunf seeds – 1 tsp

Grated ginger – 1 TBSP

Green chillies – 1 to 2 (optional)

Fresh Grated coconut  – 1/4 cup

Chopped coriander and curry leaves – 2


Wash and soak the lentils for 2 hours. Soak the red chillies also along with the lentils

Drain and grind to a coarse paste adding all ingredients except salt, onions, ghee and coriander-curry leaves.

Use little or no water at all. 


Transfer to a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.


Grease a steamer plate and flatten out a cake like patty.

Cover and steam for 12- 15 mins or till a fork or toothpick comes out clean.

Dont over steam else it will turn rubbery.


Cool for 5 mins. Cut into required shapes


Top with ghee and serve immediately with chutney / ketchup / Majjigehuli




  1. vaishali sabnani

    Book marked Kalyani..something like dhoklas..a must try…loved the recipe!

  2. Sanoli Ghosh
  3. Very different combination of savory cake 🙂 looks superb

  4. Hari Chandana P

    Lovely and delicious recipe.. thanks for sharing !!

  5. Priya Suresh

    Love this kind of steamed cakes, guilt free and would love to enjoy with some spicy chutney.

  6. My World My Home

    Yummy cakes…..

  7. FewMinute Wonders

    Something new for me to learn about today. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Very similar to vada recipe.. Love this version too and the slices are uniform and perfect..

  9. It's like steamed vada, healthy one.

  10. Corporate to Kitchen

    This is a new recipe to me. It looks so healthy & yumm. I will try this sometime.

  11. Chef Mireille

    ooooh…I want to try these!

  12. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    toor dal dhokla!!protein-packed poer house, delicious snack !!!

  13. Never heard of this Kalyani, thanks for sharing..:)..I was abt to say this looks like dhoklas too..:)..more like ghee mysore pak and native mysore pak…LOL..

  14. At first look I thought it was a sweet.. but to my surprise it came out to be a nice and healty snack..:)

  15. That sure is a healthy snack..I also thought it resembles dhokla minus the leavening agent.

  16. bookmarking this… super healthy and looks super easy!!!
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  17. Nalini's Kitchen

    Wow!!really a tempting and guilt free,I do the same with moong dhal and tawa roast the slices…your version sounds really interesting..

    By the way the motifs you asked in my photos are available picmonkey which is a free online photo editor.

  18. Sounds so yummy!! Protein rich snack.. Bookmarked for trying very soon!

  19. Gayathri Kumar

    Looks awesome Kalyani. It reminds me of doklas…

  20. What a healthy and tummy filling snack! I agree with you that you neednt worry about dinner, if you prepare this for late evening snack 🙂

  21. When i read the the title, i thought it must be sweet unde…but wondered what unde would use thogari…but then i scroll down and see this lovely savoury snack…looks very tempting Kalyani…i will try this out and let u know

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