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Steamed Zucchini Dumplings

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

In Ayurveda, steaming is considered the best way to cook a meal. There are several steamed meals (especially breakfast) people enjoy across India. These dishes are primarily made with rice, lentil, veggies /herbs, and some spices and steamed to perfection. This steamed dumpling is very popular in India's western parts, where flours are mixed with veggies and steamed. A popular version of this dumpling is prepared using spinach, bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves, and cabbage. You can also experiment with different types of flour. Here I am using Chickpea flour, whole wheat flour, and semolina. You can always substitute it with pearl millet flour to make it gluten-free. Although these dishes are very flavorful, often it is seasoned with lots of oil. I am making no oil version of this delectable breakfast.

Preparation time- 20 mins

Cook time- 20 mins

Total time - 40mins

(Serves - 2-3)


Chickpea flour- ½ cup

Wheat flour – ½ cup

Semolina- ½ cup

Zucchini- 1 (grated)

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds- ½ tsp

Ginger paste- 1 tsp

Tahini- 1 tbsp.

Sesame seeds- 1 tbsp.

Salt- as per taste

Baking soda- ½ tsp

Lemon juice- 1 tbsp.

Green chilly - 1(optional)


1. Add water to the steamer and allow it to heat.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Knead the mixture and make a nice dough out of it. Add water if needed. (Be careful about adding water to it as water oozes out when salt is added to the mixture).

3. Roll it with your hand and give it a cylindrical shape. (you can provide any form, The idea is to steam it properly)

4. Grease your steamer and add the dough to it. Suppose you are making 2-3 cylinders. Keep little space between it as dumpling inflates a bit after getting cooked. Steam your dumpling for 20 mins.

5. When dumplings are cooked, cut them into desired pieces and serve them hot with your favorite dip. I prefer to enjoy it with tomato- coriander/ cilantro chutney.

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