Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Moong Ki Daal Ka Cheela/ Pancake

Moong ki daal ka chilla or pancake is a very healthy snack. You can make them in breakfast and even during evening tea time.  My husband loves to eat them, so I make them quite often. My aunty told me that secret to this recipe is adding Suji/Semolina-it brings crispiness to the chilla. So here it is-

  • 2 cups split moong lentils without skin – the yellow one
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida powder (heeng)
  • 2" piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp Semolina (suji)
  • Vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil to pan-fry the Chilla
  • Thoroughly wash the Moong under running water. Put it into a large bowl and add the dry red chillies, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Mix well and add enough warm water to cover the Moong fully. Leave overnight to soak.
  • Next day, drain the water away; grind the moong mixture in a food processor with suji to get a fine paste. Add water only if required to get the pour-able consistency .Mix in it grated ginger, coriander and salt to taste.
  • Heat the pan on medium heat. When hot, add a few drops of cooking oil and mix such that it coats all sides of the pan. Now pour a ladle full of batter onto the pan and spread the batter into a circular shape from the centre to outwards. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Drizzle with a little oil to Cheela to allow oil to go under it. Flip now and cook till the other side is golden too.
  • Remove from pan and serve hot with chutneys of your choice. I made garlic –tomatoes garlic chutney( I will upload the recipe soon)
Tip: You can add paneer in to make Paneer Cheela.
-Add shredded cabbage, carrot, onion; and your vegetable chilla is ready.


  1. My son is very fond of pancakes but all pancakes is made this refined flour,eggs and sugar...So i saw your recipe and followed the instructions and my 5 year old son loved it..i am so happy

  2. Martha- I am glad your son liked it..:) thanks

  3. Re: My husband loves to eat them, so *I MAKE THEM QUITE OFTEN!

    *Damn, he is a lucky man! ...Plus, all the other delicious & imaginative dishes that you prepare for him :)

  4. I wish I was him!

    Au revoir!


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