World Pulses Day: Healthy snacks prepared with different pulses
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World Pulses Day: Healthy snacks prepared with different pulses

Try out these protein-rich recipes made with daal to treat your taste buds

World Pulses Day: Healthy snacks prepared with different pulses

During long working hours we need to keep our energy levels on and snacks are most exciting eatables that we may depend on to have some cheerful moments. Our traditional snacks like Samosas, Kachodis and pakodas are all time favorites with all but to be truthful these are not healthy enough and consuming these snacks on a daily basis might lead to some health hazards in the long run. Fortunately we have so many mouth-watering dishes which are very healthy too. These snacks are superior in taste without any artificial colors or flavors and that’s why these are healthier.
We will share the recipes of five best snacks that are made from different types of pulses (Daal).  Try out these protein-rich recipes which will make you feel delighted.

Moong dal samosa

Credit: The flavourofkitchen

Are you also tired of eating aloo in samosas all the time? Then you must try this delicious samosa filled with healthy tasteful moong dal. This crispy samosa recipe can be enjoyed with chai and imli chatni ( tamarind sauce). Here are the ingredients you require to make moong dal samosa.


  • 2 cups Refined flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Coldwater
  • 3 cups Green gram (moong dal, husked), soaked.
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 tsp Garam masala
  • 3 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp Fennel seeds, powdered
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Mango powder

Steps to prepare moong dal samosa:

  • Take a clean utensil, and add some flour according to the need. Add some salt as per taste. Knead the mixture with some oil and water.
  • Leave the mixture for 12 to 15 minutes for some time.
  • Grind the lentils properly in a mixture.
  • Now heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a small pan or a utensil for spouter.   add the cumin seeds and asafoetida to it.
  • When the cumin seeds start spluttering, add the lentils to them. Mix it well and later on add the rest of the other ingredients used in the filling.
  • Saute this mixture over a slow flame till it is well fried.
  • Keep the mixture away and let it cool down.
  • Now turn the dough into smooth balls and roll them in a flat circle.
  • Now take the one-half side of the rolled dough. wet one of the edges,  and fold the straight edge at the centre.
  • Join by one half overlapping the other to form a cone.
  • Press the overlapping portion. Now fill the mixture with some filling of dal.
  • Heat the oil over medium flame and fry samosa in it till they turn light brown.

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Chana dal dhokla 

Credit: readymix

This Gujarati dish is amazing to taste but with a  twist of chana dal in it. It becomes even more delicious and tempting with coconut garnishing.


  • 250 Gram Chana dal
  • 50 ml Yoghourt
  • Sugar
  • 20 ml Oil
  • Mustard seeds
  • Red chillies
  • Asafoetida
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Chopped green chillies,
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Chopped ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Soda bi-carb
  • Coconut, grated
  • Coriander leaves, chopped

Steps to prepare chana dhokla:

  • Clean the lentils under running water and then for about 2 hours.
  • After the rest of 2 hours, blend it with yoghurt.
  • Mix in the sugar and keep the mixture in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  • Take another bowl mix in the soda bi-carb with oil and leave and keep it in a cool place.
  • Now add the other remaining ingredients for the batter after it is fermented.
  • Grease a mould used for dhokla and keep it for steaming.
  • Add the soda bicarb to the batter and keep stirring it till it becomes soft and plumpy.
  • Immediately pour the mixture into the already prepared mould.
  • Cover and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove it and let the utensil cool down for a minute. Cut it into pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, and add mustard seeds when it starts spurting.  Pour the mixture over the dhokla.
  • Garnish the dhokla with some coriander and coconut.

Aloo and dal ki Tikki

Credit: Archana's kitchen

These crispy and mouth-watering cutlets are best to enjoy with tea and any of your favourite sauces. This time-saving recipe is rich in carbs and protein that will make you feel full for longer.


  • Boiled mashed potatoes
  • 3 white bread slices
  • Salt and red chilli.
  • Garam masala to taste.
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup chana dal (parboiled)
  • green chilli, finely chopped
  • Lemon juice
  • Coriander

Steps to prepare aloo dal ki Tikki

  • Take a clean bowl and crumble bread slices in it.
  • Now add the mashed potatoes, chana dal, coriander leaves, lemon juice and chillies to the crumbled bread.
  • Add some spices according to the taste. Such as cumin powder,  coriander powder, garam masala, salt and a few drops of oil.
  • Mix the mixture well with your hands...
  • Shape the mixture into a small ball type shape.
  • Heat some oil over a medium flame and fry the mixture till they become brown.
  • Serve with hot tea and some tamarind sauce.