Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Moong Dal Chile

This is the first time that I am participating in the Weekend Breakfast Blogging event started by Nandita of Saffron Trail fame. This month's WBB is hosted by Trupti of The Spice Who Loved Me and her theme is: Spice It Up!

Weekend breakfast is a festive event. Normally, during the week, my husband and me survive on cereal for breakfast, but weekends I like to have something different. Then again, how many times can one make the traditional 'Upma' and 'Pohe'. I know, I know, I can be really difficult at times...and I am sure my husband will agree on this ;) So 'moong dal chile' is one recipe that takes no time at all to make, is healthy because it does not involve even a drop of oil, and tasty at the same time; as everyone is aware, moong dal itself is easy to digest, so you don't have to feel guilty of having one extra... You can easily increase the quantity of the batter depending on the number of people. I have picked up this recipe from my mom, who I think got it from one of her North Indian friends. Enjoy!

Ingredients:(makes about 8-10 Chile)
Moong dal (split yellow or whole green) 1 cup
Water about 1/2 cup
Grated ginger or paste 1 tsp
Green chilli paste 1 tsp (adjust according to how hot the chillies are)
Chopped Cilantro
Salt

Method:
Soak the moong dal in water for 30 minutes. You can use either the split yellow dal or the whole green ones for this. I have used the yellow dal this time. While the dal is soaking, make the ginger-chilli paste, have some tea, check your mails or just laze around...:) Once the dal has been soaked in water, grind it into a fine batter along with some water. Add the ginger-chilli paste, chopped cilantro and salt. Taste the batter and adjust for seasoning. The consistency of the batter should be like that as of a dosa.
Now heat a nonstick tawa. Once the tawa is hot, spread the batter just as you would when
making a dosa. There is no need to put any oil on this. Once done the moong dal chile will start coming off from the side. Flip it and cook on the other side. Serve hot with a dollop of plain unsalted butter. For those who do not want to ruin this healthy, non-greasy breakfast, just enjoy the chile with some ketchup or chutney of your choice (green chutney or regular idly chutney would also go well with this). This can easily be served as brunch or a snack when you have unexpected guests.




21 comments:

Asha said...

How beautiful! I always thought it's called Chilla.I love the uniform color.Great entry Tee:)

Tee said...

Thanks Asha! I think it can be 'Chilla' or 'Chile'...I am guessing its some singular or plural funda...:)

bee said...

this looks exactly like pesarattu, though in andhra they may add a little rice to the batter. i love it. i thought it needed to soak for a few hours. it's nice to know that half an hour is enough.

Richa said...

so very tempting & to think it's nutritious as well :)
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trupti said...

That is such a quick recipe for weekend breakfasts...I love it!

thanks so much for this!

-trupti

Nupur said...

Very nice recipe, Tee...very do-able :) will try it soon!

Suganya said...

Such a healthy bfast.. As bee says with the addition of a tsp of rice and asafoetida, this is pesarettu...Like the fact that it is fat-free..

Roopa said...

looks very healthy BF, you can really such thin dosa that good i am going to try it!thks for sharing

Coffee said...

Thats a wonderful breakfast indeed. :) Very quick and wholesome too!! :) Lovely entry there. :)

Arts said...

looks like Pesarattu's relative ;)love this dish.. thanks for sharing!

Tee said...

Bee, maybe when rice is added, you may need to soak it for a longer time. But moong dal does not need that much time.

Richa, Trupti, Suganya, Nupur, Roopa,Coffee, Arts,
Thanks! I am sure you will enjoy this recipe very much!

Sia said...

such a simple recipe and i like the fact that there is no need to keep the batter overnight for fermentation:) almost like pesarattu except it has rice in it.

Jyothi said...

Hi, really beautiful breakfast. We will do this for pesarattu. Lovely color. Thanks for sharing.

Dilip said...

wow...great comfort snack i think...thanks for sharing

Anrosh said...

I am glad for a blog all things "marathi".

Anrosh said...

I am glad for a blog all things "marathi".

Neelam said...

Hi Tee...This is a lovely recipe ..I am going to try it for sure! Simple and Easy!

musical said...

Tee, thats a lovely cheela recipe. One Marwari Jain labmate of used to bring this for lunch to the lab, back in India, with khira-tamatar sabzi. It rocks! I love it even with spicy tomato chutney or just some thecha or podi. and i second bee, i am delighted to know that soaking time can be as short as half an hour! thanks for this great tip, dear!

Have a great weekend,
musical.

Unknown said...

i think this can be used in diet days
what do you think

Tee said...

I am not clear what you mean by diet days? This definitely is a low calorie item and is a great option if you are watching your weight.

amol sanap said...

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