Sprouted Moong Dal Idli ~ Low Carb Indian Vegetarian Recipe

>>  Saturday, July 19, 2014

For the last day of Low Carb Diet, I decided to go the Indian way! Nothing can beat an idli. And if you can have idlis, nothing like it. Of course, being on a diet, one feels one is deprived of everything unless one is satisfied with what is consumed.

So after two days of vegetables with paneer and moong dal patties to spice up the life, I decided to make these idlis. It's made with sprouted moong dal, which is very low in carb in sprouted raw form. Even otherwise too, moong dal is prescribed for Low carb diet as in Diabetic diet.

Urad dal again is very healthy. I was apprehensive if these hold their shape, so added a pinch of soda just before steaming. Next time I might try without adding it. 

And yes, spice it more with chillies or stuffed versions.

One main factor one has to remember when on a diet is that, everything works for a while. So it's always better to change after a short period. If weight loss is the objective, then regular exercise is a must, added with healthy diet. From what I have researched and what I hear from Daddy, I know Diabetic Diet is very much suitable for weight reduction.

So I wanted to make sure I included something of those and making it low carb at the same time. 

I hope you enjoyed reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed working on these.

Sprouted Moong Dal Idli

Ingredients Needed:

Moong Dal - 200 gms
Urad Dal - 100 gms
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Soda a pinch

How to make Sprouted Moong Dal Idli

Wash and soak the moong dal overnight. Next day drain the water and tie the moong dal in a muslin cloth. Keep it out for 8 hrs, end of the time you will see the sprouts. If you making the idlies, use right away, else it can be refrigerated.

Meanwhile, soak the urad dal for 2 hrs. After 2 hrs, grind the sprouted moong dal to a smooth paste. Drain the urad dal and grind to a smooth paste seperately. Mix together and add salt. Keep it covered and let it ferment for 2 hrs.

When ready to post, grease the idli moulds, and steam as you regularly do.

Serve with spicy chutney.


After steaming, leave it like that for 5 mins, so that the idlis get out of the moulds easily.

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Suma Gandlur July 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM  

Those are healthy idlis, Valli and they have turned out pretty good.

Nisha Sundar July 19, 2014 at 3:30 AM  

Thats a good choice Valli. Love this idea.

Priya Suresh July 19, 2014 at 4:40 AM  

Sprouts makes these steamed cakes more nutritious and healthy, one of my favourite breakfast, loved this series, all your three dishes for low carb diet just rocks.

Usha July 19, 2014 at 4:54 AM  

Interesting recipe.

Suja Ram July 19, 2014 at 6:42 AM  

Wow..That is one easy and very healthy recipe. Idlis have come out so well Valli. Tempting to try soon.

vaishali sabnani July 19, 2014 at 7:27 AM  

These idlis look fantastic. .and so healthy. The udad daal will hold but somehow I feel that little soda or Eno is important. .without that they might not be as fluffy. So don't skip next time :)

Sarita July 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM  

Idlis looks so yummy.. I haven't tried like this.. Sure will try this soon., very unique and interesting recipe..

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj July 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM  

Very healthy and guilt free idli... Filling too...

Angie Schneider July 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM  

They sound and look healthy and delicious!

Varadas Kitchen July 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM  

Very different idlis, love the addition of sprouted mung. Looks so nice and fluffy.

Denny July 22, 2014 at 2:58 AM  

Healthy idlis. I have also tried them, however I didn't sprout them. They look delicious!

Pavani N July 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM  

Idlis without rice is completely new to me. Sprouted moong sounds like a very healthy and tasty substitution. Idlis look fluffy and delicious.

Harini-Jaya R July 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM  

Moong sprouts in idlis is a wonderful idea. They look fluffy as well!

Padmajha PJ August 1, 2014 at 6:50 AM  

This sounds so good and healthy. Like Vaishali said, don't skip the Eno / soda.

Suddha Satta Ray August 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM  

This is exactly what I was looking for. A veggie Low Carb option.

I have been "low carbing" for some while now, but was restricted to mostly meats and cream based recipes.

Just a quick question - is Urad dal okay to have in a low carb regime?

Srivalli August 27, 2015 at 3:54 PM  

Suddha Satta Ray As far as I have read Urad dal is okay for a low carb. I still suggest you consult a dietitian to be sure.

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