June 20, 2011

Pesarattu | Green Gram Savoury Pancakes - A photo tutorial

Necessity ,they say,is the mother of invention, ! It sure is so true for Blogging Marathon too ! There would be umpteen times I would have eaten Pesarattu (Green Gram Savoury Pancakes) at my friends' house, but never thought would make it at home.

Srivalli's Blogging Marathon brought on that challenge to make it at home and they all loved it with the spicy and flavourful Allam Chutney (Ginger Chutney / Inji Thogayal). Made this for Sunday breakfast and it was a sellout. Pesarattu is a classic dish from Andhra cuisine and is very similar to the Adai (mixed lentils dosa) that is from the Tamilnadu stable.

I used very little chillies as I was making the same batter for the kid, but both mom and S loved this less spicy version. Sending it to Day 5 of Blogging Marathon and also to Susan's MLLA # 36 hosted by Aqua  - served with love 

Preparation time : 8 hours (soaking time) + 15 mins grinding.
Cooking time : 2 mins per Dosa
Makes : 10 - 12


  • Green Gram Whole (Moong Dal - with skin) - 2 cups
  • Red chillies - 2 nos
  • Green Chillies - 1 no
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tempering: Oil, Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds (1 tsp each)
  • Oil - to fry to dosas

1) Wash and soak the moong dal in adequate water for 10-12 hours (I did overnight)

2) Grind along with chillies, salt and asafoetida.

3) Prepare the tempering with oil, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Pour on the prepared batter. Mix well.
4) Heat the tava / griddle and sprinkle a little water to see if the water fizzes out.

5) Pour a ladleful (1/2 cup) of batter and spread thin like a normal dosa. You may add chopped green chillies and a spoonful of chopped onions too on the batter now, but I didnt.
6) Add a tea spoon of oil around the circumference. Let it cook on one side
7) Once done, flip to the other side and let it cook fully. Add another 1/2 tsp of oil around the dosa if required.
8) Serve hot with Ginger Chutney / Inji thogayal / Allam chutney as desired.

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  1. This is a favourite with us too.....I usually make it with sprouted moong.

  2. I make this with a dash of garlic and lots of coriander not missing the green chilly.

  3. I always loved this dosa..healthy and easy to prepare. your version looks awesome..

  4. peasarattu looks super yum, i also add ginger to the mix !

  5. Pesarattu looks stunning here.Such a healthy make.I love it !

  6. I add ginger too for that extra gingery taste. Thats because we eat it mostly with Peanut chutney :)

  7. Ultimate combo, i can have this nutritious pesarattu even everyday..

  8. very healthy looking dosa

  9. Wonderfully wholesome n delicious meal!
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  10. Nutritious ones. I usually reserve these for lazy weekends.

  11. I usually make this very often with the green gram dal and the yellow moong too

  12. My mom makes these very often. Yummy pesarattu

  13. I am so glad that BM gets out such delicious dishes out..:)..I love pesarattu anytime..


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