How to Make Mung Bean Pancakes (Pesarattu)

Updated on January 28, 2020
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A mung bean pancake (pesarattu).
A mung bean pancake (pesarattu).

Yummy and Nutritious

Mung bean pancakes (pesarattu) are healthy, delicious, and filling. They make a wonderful breakfast. You can enjoy these tasty and mildly spicy pancakes on their own, or you can serve them with a chutney or sauce.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup green gram (mung beans)
  • 1/2 cup dehusked split mung beans (moong dal)
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 to 3 green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons fresh green coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 small cup onions, finely chopped, for the topping
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped, for the topping
  • 1/4 small cup fresh coriander, finely chopped, for the topping
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil for making each pancake

Instructions

  1. Wash mung beans (green gram), moong dal, and rice together. Soak them with fresh water. Set aside for 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Strain the water. Put the beans, dal, and rice in a grinder or mixer.
  3. Add ginger, green chilies, chopped coriander, cumin seeds, cloves, and salt. Grind to make a near-smooth batter.
  4. Transfer it to a bowl. For making mung bean pancakes, the batter should be neither thick nor thin. Add water to get the right consistency.
  5. Set the batter aside for 2 to 3 hours. Resting the batter will help you make naturally soft pancakes. Fermenting the batter is not required.
  6. Mix chopped onions, chopped green chilies, and chopped green coriander. This is for the topping.
  7. Heat a pan for making the pancakes. Grease it with ghee or oil. Pour about 1 1/2 ladle of batter in the center.
  8. Spread it to make a square or round shape. Make it a bit thick.
  9. Spread a teaspoon full of the topping mixture on the surface. Press it into the batter with the help of a spatula.
  10. Add a few drops of oil or ghee on the top. Turn the heat to medium-high. Cook until the bottom of the pancake becomes golden brown.
  11. Flip it. Cook until the other side is also golden brown. Remove the pancake and place it on a serving plate.
  12. Your favorite mung bean pancake (pesarattu) is ready! Make all the pancakes in a similar way. Serve them on a plate with a chutney or sauce. Enjoy the taste!

Photo Tutorial

Step one: Soak mung beans, moong dal, and rice in water for 5 to 6 hours.
Step one: Soak mung beans, moong dal, and rice in water for 5 to 6 hours.
Soaked mung beans, moong dal, and rice.
Soaked mung beans, moong dal, and rice.
Step two: Strain the water. Put the beans, dal, and rice in a grinder or blender. Add green chilies, cloves, fresh coriander, chopped ginger, and salt. Grind, adding soaked water or fresh water to get a coarse or near-smooth batter.
Step two: Strain the water. Put the beans, dal, and rice in a grinder or blender. Add green chilies, cloves, fresh coriander, chopped ginger, and salt. Grind, adding soaked water or fresh water to get a coarse or near-smooth batter.
Step three: Transfer the batter to a bowl. Add water to adjust the consistency. Set aside for 2 to 3 hours. This will help to make naturally soft pancakes. There's no need to ferment the batter.
Step three: Transfer the batter to a bowl. Add water to adjust the consistency. Set aside for 2 to 3 hours. This will help to make naturally soft pancakes. There's no need to ferment the batter.
Step four: Make the topping mixture as per instructions.
Step four: Make the topping mixture as per instructions.
Step five: Heat a pan. Grease it with oil or ghee. Add 1 1/2 ladle of batter in the center. Spread it to make a square or round shape. Spread a teaspoon topping mix on the top. Add a few drops of oil or ghee on the top. Press the topping down a bit.
Step five: Heat a pan. Grease it with oil or ghee. Add 1 1/2 ladle of batter in the center. Spread it to make a square or round shape. Spread a teaspoon topping mix on the top. Add a few drops of oil or ghee on the top. Press the topping down a bit.
Step six: Let the bottom become golden brown. Flip it. Cook till the other side is also golden brown. Next, remove the pancake and place it on a serving plate.
Step six: Let the bottom become golden brown. Flip it. Cook till the other side is also golden brown. Next, remove the pancake and place it on a serving plate.
Make all the pancakes like this. Serve the hot pesarattu with a chutney or sauce. Enjoy eating!
Make all the pancakes like this. Serve the hot pesarattu with a chutney or sauce. Enjoy eating!
5 stars for Green Gram Pancake (Pesarattu)

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 72
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 13 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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