Moong Dal Dosa

December 16th, 2007 filed under Breads, Gluten Free, Vegan
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Dosa, also known as “cheela” or “puda, is a thin, crisp pancake made from any one of a variety of batters. Moong dal dosa is a convenient substitute, faster and easier to prepare than the traditional dosa. Traditional dosas are made with fermented urad dal and rice.

Makes 6 dosa.Moong Dal Dosa


  • 1 cup washed moong dal (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/4 inch piece ginger chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons of oil


  1. Wash the dal, changing the water several times until it appears clear. Soak dal in four cups of water for at least four hours.
  2. Drain the water. Blend the dal with green chile and ginger, adding water slowly as needed to make a smooth batter. Note:  The less water, the smoother the batter.
  3. Mix the salt and cumin seeds into the batter. Add
    water as needed. The total water added will be about ½ cup, just enough to achieve the consistency of pancake batter.
  4. Place a non-stick- skillet over medium-high heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. The water should sizzle right away.
  5. Pour ½ cup of the batter mixture into the skillet and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Starting from the center, spiral outward until evenly spread, about seven inches in diameter.
  6. When the batter begins to dry, gently spread one teaspoon of oil over it. Wait about 30 seconds, then flip the puda using a flat spatula.
  7. Press the dosa lightly with the spatula all around to
    assure even cooking, turning them two to three times. Dosa should be crisp and golden brown on both sides.
  8. Repeat for the remaining dosas.

Serving suggestion:

Serve dosa folded with dry aloo subhji or you can fold with your favorite cheese. You can also serve with any chutney  or with yogurt.

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91 Responses to “Moong Dal Dosa”

  1. Dr Tanu Malhotra says:

    Thanks for these lovely and easy to prepare receipes especially when our kids hate eating dal -roti daily.They are great for a change in menu.

  2. mitali says:

    which moong are these../??
    green moong or yellow moong dal..??

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