All you want to find out about this wholesome inexperienced moong dosa!

Wish to make a dosa that’s lifeless easy involving no lengthy fermentation time?

Attempt Pesarattu!

My first realisation of the existence of such a dish got here from a recipe booklet that got here together with a brand new mixer. (Discuss all of the unlikely locations to seek out wonderful recipes, proper?)

Given the quick checklist of components and the easy process, I made a decision to present it a shot. I used to be pleasantly shocked by how scrumptious it turned out.

Born and introduced up in Bombay, I had by no means heard of Pesarattu or tasted it. It was solely later that I realised that it was an iconic dish from the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Pesarattu is sort of a savoury crepe made utilizing entire inexperienced gram (mung beans). The inexperienced gram/mung beans are soaked for 5-6 hours till softened and floor right into a batter. That is usually had for breakfast or a light-weight meal within the late afternoon (tiffin).

Pesarattu and Chila

The dish is just like moong-dal chila which is frequent in Rajasthan that’s produced from soaking yellow cut up mung dal. Soaking entire mung beans provides a novel flavour, color and texture to pesarattu that makes it style fairly totally different from chila.

Distinction between a Dosa and a Pesarattu

Only one major ingredient – In contrast to a dosa batter which wants rice and urad dal, this has just one ingredient to soak – i.e. the inexperienced moong. Some recipes do suggest including some rice to the inexperienced moong whereas soaking. Rice provides a crispy texture to pesarattu. If you happen to favor the softer texture, then keep away from the rice.

No fermentation – Dosa batter wants 8-10 hours of fermentation at room temperature till it will get a pleasing tangy aroma and flavour. For pesarattu, there isn’t a fermentation wanted. Though, you possibly can ferment it if you wish to by preserving it apart for 4-6 hours relying on the room temperature. The warmer the climate, the faster the fermentation.

Distinction between Pesarattu and different crepes

In contrast to crepe recipes from Europe, there isn’t a flour, milk, butter or eggs on this recipe making it a 100% gluten free and vegan naturally. No substitution required.

Added flavourings

Sliced contemporary ginger and inexperienced chillies are added to the soaked moong in the course of the mixing course of so as to add flavouring and warmth to the batter.

 It’s flavoursome sufficient to be eaten by itself for breakfast or a snack (tiffin, as it’s known as in South Indian lingo). Nonetheless, in some elements of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it’s common to serve Pesarattu with onions. A big amount of finely chopped onions in sautéed in oil together with chopped ginger and chillies till translucent and added on prime of the pesarattu earlier than it’s folded over. I keep in mind consuming it on this model in eating places in Hyderabad or when visiting Tirupati.

Pesarattu is historically served together with piquant ginger chutney, additionally known as pesarattu chutney or allam chutney (Telugu). It’s believed that ginger within the chutney helps in higher digestion of inexperienced moong.

tomato chutney

Not the normal method it’s made, however you CAN use this batter to make an uthapam like dish (thick dosa). Add in finely chopped onion, chillies, tomatoes, grated carrot and chopped coriander. You too can add some rice flour (1-2 tbsp per cup of batter) for a crispier texture. Make a thick dosa on a sizzling pan and cook dinner over a medium flame for barely longer till golden and crisp on either side.

You too can attempt a masala dosa type of potato filling contained in the pesarattu to make it even heartier. I typically pair the very best of South and East by filling it with Bengali model aloo-bharta / chokha with mustard oil.


MLA Pesarattu

Once I first heard of this, I used to be fairly amused, questioning what might probably be the political connection of this dish. Seems, that is pesarattu topped with a ladle of upma and folded over. This was frequently made within the MLA quarters eating places in Hyderabad (in current Telangana state) and therefore obtained the title MLA pesarattu. Discuss getting two breakfasts in a single plate!

Are you able to make pesarattu with moong sprouts?

Making the batter with storebought moong sprouts makes this an immediate dish the place there isn’t a soaking concerned. Sprouting reduces the carbohydrate / starch content material of the beans. I’m assuming that’s the reason the consistency of the batter made utilizing sprouts doesn’t prove nearly as good. Consequently, the top outcome i.e. the pesarattu is not so good as that produced from grinding soaked beans.

Why is pesarattu wholesome for you?

The well being advantages come from the primary ingredient, inexperienced moong.

Inexperienced moong has loads of nutritional vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It’s also an excellent supply of potassium, iron and fibre. Wealthy in folic acid, it is among the should embrace meals throughout being pregnant. 

It is among the greatest meals for diabetics because it is filled with fibre (15 grams/1 cup cooked), protein (14 grams /1 cup cooked beans) and resistant starch, resulting in a really gradual enhance in blood sugar after a meal.

Inexperienced moong has extra whole dietary fibre and insoluble fibre than kidney beans (rajma) and chickpeas (kabuli chana). There is a rise within the soluble fibre in inexperienced moong after cooking because of the formation of resistant starch.

Trendy displays of pesarattu

If you happen to deal with the pesarattu like a flatbread or a crepe, it may paired and offered in infinite methods. Listed here are a few of the issues I might do if I needed to do a contemporary tackle pesarattu:

  1. Yum appetizer – Make chew sized pesarattu (1-2 inches). High every one with a teaspoon of salsa. Mango-chilli-coriander or the traditional tomato salsa could be my prime picks.
  2. Fancy brunch – Make bigger sized (Eight inches) skinny pesarattu like a crepe. High with some grated smoked cheese and caramelised onions whereas it’s nonetheless on the pan. Fold over and serve.
  3. Hearty lunch – Giant sized pesarattu (Eight inch) made barely thicker can be utilized like a tortilla wrap. Add a blended vegetable and tofu stir fry within the centre and roll over like a burrito. Slice into two items at an angle and serve with a dip.

You possibly can put together a batch of this home made molaga podi from the video under and serve it with Pesarattu which helps when there’s no time to make chutney.


Print Recipe

Pesarattu Yum

This recipe wants 5-6 hours of soaking time.



  1. Soak the inexperienced moong in loads of water for 5-6 hours or in a single day.

  2. Drain the soaked water and add the inexperienced moong to a blender. To this, add sliced ginger and inexperienced chillies. Mix this to a superb batter, with the addition of round half of cup water. It’s higher to have a thick batter that may be thinned as per our requirement whereas making ready the pesarattu.

  3. Take away this to a bowl. Combine within the salt and rice flour (if utilizing).

  4. Warmth a tava or a flat skillet. Brush some oil (I like utilizing gingelly oil, however sunflower or coconut oil or ghee additionally works properly).

  5. Alter consistency of the batter so it isn’t too thick and pours properly.

  6. Pour 1-2 ladles of batter (relying on the scale of the ladle and of the pan) within the centre of the recent tava and hold transferring the ladle in concentric circles outwards to make the pesarattu as thick or skinny as you need it to be.

  7. Drizzle oil or ghee across the circumference and excessive (round 1 tsp).

  8. Await the pesarattu to cook dinner by way of and switch barely golden brown.

  9. Flip over and cook dinner for one more 10-20 seconds. Some don’t flip and serve it immediately which is okay too.

  10. Serve sizzling with any chutney you want.

Recipe Notes

Any remaining batter may be refrigerated for two days in an hermetic container. Convey it to room temperature earlier than utilizing.

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