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Moong Dal Chilla Recipe

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Moong Dal Chilla

Moong Dal Chilla

Chilla is a savoury pancake usually prepared with besan (gram flour). Rice flour, moong dal or other lentils are some other ingredients which are sometimes used instead of besan to prepare chilla.

In this recipe, we are using moong dal (green gram) instead of besan, and hence this chilla is called moong dal chilla. Just a few basic spices are used in this recipe. To make it healthier, we are incorporating fresh palak (spinach) as the other major ingredient.

Do try this chilla and share your feedback.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

35 min

50 min

4 chilla

Ingredients

  • 1 cup moong dal (split and skinned green gram/yellow lentils), soaked in water for 4-5 hours and the water drained out
  • 1 cup palak (spinach leaves), finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • Water as needed, to grind the moong dal and also thin the batter
  • Oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. In a grinder jar, add the moong dal, ginger paste and chopped green chilli. Add about 2 tbsp water and grind to a coarse paste.
  2. Transfer the paste to a bowl and add in the chopped palak, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Add water little by little to make a thick batter of the consistency shown in the video (I added about 1/4 cup water in all).
  3. Heat a tawa (pan) on medium heat. Add a little oil and spread it all over. Reduce heat as soon as the tawa is a bit hot. Stir the batter and pour about 2 ladlefuls of the batter on it and spread it around, a bit thick. Sprinkle a little oil all around the chilla and let it cook for 2 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and cook for about 2 minutes more or until the underside is a bit brown.
  4. Brush a little oil on the chilla surface and flip it over. Cook the other side for about 3 to 4 minutes until it also turns a bit golden.
  5. Remove the chilla to a plate and prepare the rest similarly.
  6. Serve the chilla plain, with pickle or chutney of your choice or tea.

Moong Dal Chilla Recipe

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 03, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 03, 2020:

Thank you, Nithya.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 03, 2020:

Thank you so much, JEREMIAH.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 01, 2020:

This sounds very flavorful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 01, 2020:

Healthy and delicious, will try this out. Thank you for sharing.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on November 01, 2020:

A detailed recipe. The food appears delicious. I have the video halfway due to network but I will have to rewatch it with my wife. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Thank you, Devika.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Thank you, Dora.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Not to worry, my friend. Thank you, Bill.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 31, 2020:

I like your recipe ideas. Moon dhal is a tasty meal

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 30, 2020:

This looks like a tasty and spicy recipe. Thanks, Rajan for another good recipe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 30, 2020:

The ingredients look healthy and familiar. Thanks for the recipe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2020:

You certainly do have many recipes for pancakes! I like the sound of this savory one. Thanks!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 30, 2020:

You lost me with spinach! I won't touch it. lol Sorry, my friend, but there are some things I simply will not eat.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 30, 2020:

Great idea for a tasty meal. I like it and sounds delicious.