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Mungdal Spinach Dhokla Recipe

This famous Gujarati snack can become a favourite at your home as well. Delicious and healthy mungdal spinach dhokla make an excellent breakfast snack. Not only will your kid or toddler relish the taste, but even adults in the family will enjoy it. Mungdal spinach dhokla is full of proteins. It comes under the fermented food category, which has its own sets of benefits. It is easy to digest, and the lactic acid in the dhokla leads to better absorption of proteins in the body. Mungdal spinach dhokla for babies is one healthy snack that your toddler will love. 

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:20:00
Cook Time 00:30:00
Total Time 00:50:00

Cooking Method  

Gas Stove

Type of Meal 

Traditional Indian Snack

Suitable For 

Any Toddler above 20 months of age

Meal Schedule 

Breakfast or Evening Snack

Recipe Type 



Ingredient Quantity and Volume
Mungdal 1 Cup
Spinach 2 Cup
Curd ½ Cup
Oil 2 tbsp
Ginger ½ inch piece
Salt To Taste
Baking Soda ½ tbsp
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tbsp
Curry leaves 4-5 leaves
Chopped Coriander ¼ Cup


After knowing about the nutritional benefits of this Gujarati dish, you will now learn how to make mungdal spinach dhokla. Follow these step by step directions to prepare it and serve your kid as well as adults in the family

1. Start by steaming the spinach. Once done, let it cool and make a puree. The quantity should be one cup.

2. Now take the soaked mungdal and blend it along with ginger, oil, and curd to make a semi coarse paste.

3. Take both the batters and mix it well.

4. After this, add baking soda, salt, and lemon juice and mix well. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

5. Alongside, grease the steamer plates with oil and fill the steamer with water.

6. Take the batter stir it again and pour the batter in the steamer. 

7. Steam on a high for 15-20 minutes. 

8. Remove the dhokla from the steamer and let it cool for a good 10-15 minutes. 

9. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Please turn off the heat once it starts to crackle. Here you should add three tablespoons of water to this.

10. Pour this on your mungdal spinach dhokla. 

11. Cut the dhokla into pieces and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves before serving. 

Recipe Tips

The mungdal spinach dhokla baby food recipe is now ready to eat. Please keep in mind the below tips before preparing the recipe. 

  • The mungdal needs to be soaked in water for 5-6 hours. 
  • You should wash the spinach thoroughly with water several times.
  • In the last stage, adding water to the steamed dhokla helps in maintaining the softness and keeps the preparation moist. 
  • Ensure that the mixture has the proper consistency. 
  • Grease the steamer plates properly with oil; else, the mixture will stick to it upon steaming.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient Value
Energy 180 kCal
Protein 6.8 gm
Carbohydrates 18.4 gm
Fibre 2.5  gm
Fat 8.6 gm
Cholesterol 1.2 mg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.1 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1 mg
Vitamin A 95.8 mcg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.7 mg
Vitamin C 0.2 mg
Vitamin E 0 mg
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 38.5 mcg
Calcium 37.5 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Magnesium 35.2 mg
Phosphorus 116.7 mg
Sodium 10.5 mg
Potassium 299.4 mg
Zinc 0.7 mg

Health Benefits

The good thing about this snack is that it is very nutritious. Let us find out more about the health benefits of homemade mungdal spinach dhokla baby food recipes.

  • As a breakfast snack, it provides energy to your kid for the entire day.
  • The antioxidants, along with Vitamin A & C, strengthen the immune system of your toddler.
  • The iron and folate content in the dhokla boosts the production of red blood cells.
  • Curd helps in improving the digestive system.

Buying Guide

  • Buy fresh groceries and check for the expiry date.
  • Ensure that the spinach does not have any insects or dirt.
  • Maintain proper hygiene during the preparation of the dhokla.
  • Instead of buying from the store, prefer the homemade curd.

Mungdal spinach dhokla will add a variety to the diet plan of your toddler or kid. Easy to digest and healthy, this snack will be a hit in the entire family. Serve it in the breakfast or as an evening snack, let your family enjoy this wholesome dish.


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