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Moong Daal Ka Cheela - Savory Moong Bean Pancakes

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Moong Daal Ka Cheela - Savory Moong Bean Pancakes

Moong Daal Cheela

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This is a great breakfast food or even perfect as an accompaniment to any gravy-based dish. Writing this recipe brings back happy memories of my Grandfather (who was a great cook and one of my best friends) making Cheela for me! Happy days! The recipe involves soaking the Moong overnight so factor that into your preparation time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups split moong lentils without skin - see link below for a picture of Moong
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida powder
  • 2" piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil to pan-fry the Cheela

Preparation:

  • Thoroughly wash the Moong under running water. Put it into a large bowl and add the dry red chillies, cumin seeds and asafetida powder. Mix well and add enough warm water to cover the Moong fully. Leave overnight to soak.
  • The next morning, drain the water away, grind the moong and spices you soaked with it, in a food processor to get a fine paste. Add water only as required to get the consistency of pancake batter - thick but 'pour-able'. Add the grated ginger, chopped coriander and salt to taste and mix well.
  • Heat a griddle or heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. When hot, add a few drops of cooking oil to it and swirl to coat all sides of the pan. Now pour a ladle full of batter onto the pan and lightly use the ladle to spread the batter into a circular shape from the center outwards. Make a circle of diameter roughly 6". Cook for 1 minute.
  • Drizzle with a little oil and lift the edges of the Cheela to allow oil to go under it. Flip now and cook till the other side is golden too.
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately with chutneys of your choice. I lov eit with Mint-Coriander Chutney! You can also fill Cheelas with fresh grated paneer!
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