Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings

A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.

Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings

The Monsoons are here and the only thing that the tummy craves for is a spicy something that goes with a cuppa chai to soothe your senses during the downpour. How therapeutic it is to simply sit and watch the rain drops with an equally flavourful chai that is infused with the sharp taste of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices that burst forth and makes your taste buds dance in joy. Just next to it with a plate full of steaming hot dumplings that has a melange of millet, lentils and the ubiquituous onions, fresh cilantro and the ingredient-that-I-cannot-live-without – HING ( a generous pinch NEVER Harms) 🙂 The hands can’t stop reaching out to them and sipping on the heavenly chai. Life is delicious! Ain’t it?

Phew! Okay, time for you to try your hands at these delectable dumplings. The process is not very painstaking, however, just a tad bit of patience will let you do a tremendous job! Yes, getting together all the ingredients and steaming them is all that it takes to this make these beauties.

Nucchina Unde is a popular traditional Karnataka recipe which is generally as a snack or as a starter especially during festivals. ‘Nucchu’ is broken lentil/grain or millet and ‘unde’ means dumplings. The process of breaking down the millet and then steaming it results in Nucchina Unde. It is usually made with lentils and here is a millet version of nucchina unde with lentils.

I have used Foxtail millets along with lentils in this recipe because not only does it add the fiber quotient along with the proteins, but also makes it a great option for lunch box.

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Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak foxtail millet in a bowl for 6-8 hours.
  2. Wash the toor dal, channa dal and moong dal and soak it for 3 hours.
  3. Drain the water and mix the lentils and millet. Mix the other ingredients along with them except onion and grind it to a coarse mixture.
  4. Add salt and onion and quickly mix it with the coarse mixture.
  5. Grease the idly plates with ghee. Make lemon sized balls out of the coarse mixture and flatten it to resemble a malai chum chum.
  6. Steam them for 15-20 minutes until they are done. Pair it with ghee or yogurt based curry/chutney.
Recipe Notes

This can be made a starter for your parties as a healthy option as well as served for a fortifying breakfast.



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