How to Make Urad Dal (White Lentils) Protein Pancakes

Updated on January 30, 2020
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These protein-packed lentil pancakes go great with a simple green chutney.
These protein-packed lentil pancakes go great with a simple green chutney.

White Lentils Are Packed With Protein

Urad dal, or white lentils, are one of the richest sources of vitamin B and protein. They contain protein, fat, and carbohydrates that the body needs. They are considered good for women because they contain iron, folic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Urad dal dishes are smooth and aromatic. Now, onto the recipe!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: four servings

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped cup white lentils/urad dal, washed and soaked in fresh water for 6 hours or overnight
  • 1 cup cream of wheat or fine semolina
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or as per taste

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Wash your urad dal, then soak them in fresh water for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Strain the urad dal. Don't waste the soaked water. Grind the soaked lentils with enough leftover water to get a smooth batter. Add salt and et aside for three hours (you can make the pancakes straight away, but setting aside the urad dal batter for 2–3 hours will result in softer pancakes).
  3. When you're ready to make the pancakes, add the fine semolina (sooji), chopped coconut, finely chopped ginger, green chilies, and finely chopped coriander leaves to the batter and mix well.
  4. You can start making the pancakes in about ten minutes. By this time, the batter will have set properly along with the semolina and the spices.
  5. Check that your batter has a moderately thick consistency. Adjust the consistency by adding water.
  6. Heat a griddle or flat pan and grease it with oil or ghee. Pour a ladle full of this batter on the center and spread it just a little.
  7. These pancakes should be moderately thick. Refer to the images in this article to ensure yours are the right thickness.
  8. Add a few drops of ghee or oil on the surface and cover the pan with a lid. Flip the pancake once the bottom turns golden-brown.
  9. Add a few drops of oil or ghee to the top side. No need to cover the pan. Let the other side get golden-brown.
  10. Remove the pancake with a spatula and place it on a serving plate.
  11. Repeat these steps to make additional pancakes. Serve 2 protein pancakes on a plate with coconut chutney or green chutney.
  12. These pancakes are very delicious and have a lovely aroma of white lentils. The coconut chunks in the pancakes are truly awesome to chew and complement the consistency very well. Enjoy!

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Wash the urad da lentils. Soak them in fresh water for six hours or overnight.Strain them and put them in a mixer or blender.Grind them while adding soaked water to get a smooth batter. Add salt and keep aside for two hours. Add the wheat semolina, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped coriander leaves, green chilies, and chopped coconut. Mix well and set aside for ten minutes.Heat a griddle and grease it with oil or ghee. Put a ladle full of the batter into the canter of the pan and spread it a little. Add a few drops of oil or ghee to the top. Leave the heat on medium. Cover the pan.Flip it when the bottom gets golden. Add a few drops of ghee or oil on the surface. No need to cover the pan. Remove it once the other side also gets golden-brown.Place two urad dal pancakes on a serving plate. Serve them with a spicy coconut chutney or green chutney on the side. Enjoy!
Wash the urad da lentils. Soak them in fresh water for six hours or overnight.
Wash the urad da lentils. Soak them in fresh water for six hours or overnight.
Strain them and put them in a mixer or blender.
Strain them and put them in a mixer or blender.
Grind them while adding soaked water to get a smooth batter. Add salt and keep aside for two hours.
Grind them while adding soaked water to get a smooth batter. Add salt and keep aside for two hours.
Add the wheat semolina, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped coriander leaves, green chilies, and chopped coconut. Mix well and set aside for ten minutes.
Add the wheat semolina, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped coriander leaves, green chilies, and chopped coconut. Mix well and set aside for ten minutes.
Heat a griddle and grease it with oil or ghee. Put a ladle full of the batter into the canter of the pan and spread it a little. Add a few drops of oil or ghee to the top. Leave the heat on medium. Cover the pan.
Heat a griddle and grease it with oil or ghee. Put a ladle full of the batter into the canter of the pan and spread it a little. Add a few drops of oil or ghee to the top. Leave the heat on medium. Cover the pan.
Flip it when the bottom gets golden. Add a few drops of ghee or oil on the surface. No need to cover the pan. Remove it once the other side also gets golden-brown.
Flip it when the bottom gets golden. Add a few drops of ghee or oil on the surface. No need to cover the pan. Remove it once the other side also gets golden-brown.
Place two urad dal pancakes on a serving plate. Serve them with a spicy coconut chutney or green chutney on the side. Enjoy!
Place two urad dal pancakes on a serving plate. Serve them with a spicy coconut chutney or green chutney on the side. Enjoy!

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    2 years ago from Bengaluru

    Hello Mary, thanks for reading this hub. I suggest, you should try this recipe. These pancakes are not only healthy, they are very delicious. Coconut chunks give a unique taste here.

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    Mary Norton 

    2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I am sure that our family would love these pancakes.

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