Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Moong Dal Chilla

"Moong Dal Chilla", the very word and thought of it brings fond memories from India. It is a must snack in an Indian marriage chat counter.I looked forward to my meals when my mom prepared these with "Sweet Chilla". Apart from that I can recollect my days in Kolkata when a hang out at Salt Lake City Centre and Swimming Pool (the area was named such) was a must after six days of slogging in the office. I loved to eat these savoury lentil crepes with green chutney and ketchup. But, I found the best one at the stalls outside "Vardaan Market", in Kolkata. The street food of kolkata has its own charm. One can get a variety of street food at these stalls. Icing on the cake was sweet lime soda from the corner shop"Sibuji". A cool drink was always must to beat the heat.

Coming back on the recipe I am sharing here, I learnt it from my mom. Its very simple and easy. Only tricky part is the batter. If that is done correctly, you are all set to make it. Here is the recipe for "Moong Dal Chilla".

This recipe makes 6 chilla.

1 cup washed split moong dal
1 onion chopped finely.
1 large tomato chopped finely.
½ cup bell pepper chopped finely.
¼ cup coriander leaves chopped finely.
2 green chilies deseeded and chopped finely.
¼ turmeric powder.
½ red chilli powder.
1 ¼ cup water.
1 tsp salt or to taste.
Oil for shallow frying.


Soak the moong dal for 2-3 hours. It will double in its volume. Drain off the water and add 1 ¼ cup of fresh water and churn in the mixer to form a liquid paste. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Add the salt just before making the 'Chilla'. The batter should have a dropping consistency just like dosa.

 Keep the chopped veggies aside.

Heat a non stick pan. Grease it lightly. Take a ladle full of batter and drop it on the pan and quickly spread it on the pan in a circular motion to form a 6 cm radius circle. Sprinkle all the veggies all over it.

 When the chilla changes color turn it over with a spatula and cook on the other side.

When done transfer it on a paper towel. Continue with the rest of the batter.

Serve hot with coriander chutney and ketchup.


  1. Nice yummy colourful dosa, am sure kids will def love this one...nice way to eat the vegetables..

  2. Looks yummy and I like the addition of the veg to make it healthy.

  3. I love this...really nice and colorful and very healthy..easy to digest.

  4. I got so carried away just looking at this yummy chilla that I forgot to write something... you are right dear, the best chilla's are found infront of the vardaan market:) I miss Kolkata:)

  5. Very tasty and nutritious too, perfect Chilla.

  6. wow mung dal chila sounds intersting jyoti...nice healthy recipe with veges...luks colouful n invitng

  7. Very nurishing and a healthy dosa, with all the veggie a perfect breakfast...

  8. Nutritious chilla. Looks so delicious.

  9. this is pretty healthy recipe! thanks for sharing it Jyoti!

  10. wow... yummy recipe:).. looks great!

  11. Hi Jyoti, I would like to share 2 awards with you, Please accept it from my blog:)

  12. The Chilla looks wowowow and so healthy...also filling to the stomach I guess...loved the recipe...also your memories :)

  13. Thanks Sushma, Simply.food, Deepa, Priya, Supriya, Ramya, Renuka, Padma, Siddhi, Asha for your lovely comments.


    I too miss Kolkata..

    @ Devi

    Thanks a ton Devi. U made my day:)


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