Lentils Pancake

April 11, 2012
4 Ratings
Photo by http://merrytummy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/moong-ki-daal-ka-cheela-pancake.html
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Lentils pancake is a very healthy snack. You can make them in breakfast and even during evening tea time.Like all the other pancakes it do not involves adding refined flour, eggs and sugar and thus it is very healthy. Lentils are very rich in proteins and flavors. One muct eat it to believe me! —Shweta Agrawal

Test Kitchen Notes

First -- I LOVED these! I had some trepidation about the recipe as Shweta’s instructions are kinda loose, but dove in as follows: red lentils as I could not find yellow; dried chipotle peppers; I used one long hot frying pepper for the green chil and put it into the food processor along with the lentils. (It was plenty spicy!) I added about one cup of water to get a very thick paste. Then cooked in a non-stick pan using olive oil as instructed. Ate one plain standing over the stove and it was fabulous. Then sat down with a plate with rhubarb chutney…yum! Made some about 6”, others about 3”. The bigger ones are easier to thin down and worked better. Will make these again! Maybe even try to find yellow lentils. Or not. Great recipe! —deanna1001

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups Spilt Yellow Lentils
  • 2 Dry red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriender
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons Semolina
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 5 cups warm water
  1. Thoroughly wash the Lentils under running water. Put it into a large bowl and add the dry red chillies, cumin seeds. Mix well and add warm water to cover the Moong fully. Leave overnight to soak.
  2. Next day, drain the water away; grind the Lentils mixture in a food processor with semolina to get a fine paste. Add water only if required to get the pour-able consistency. Mix in it coriander and salt to taste.
  3. Heat the pan on medium heat. When hot, add a few drops of oil and mix such that it coats all sides of the pan. Now pour a ladle full of batter onto the pan and spread the batter into a circular shape from the centre to outwards. Cook for 1 minute
  4. Drizzle with a little oil to Pancake to allow oil to go under it. Flip now and cook till the other side is golden too. Remove from pan and serve hot with chutneys of your choice or ketchup

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  • Panfusine
  • deanna1001
  • cheese1227

6 Reviews

Panfusine April 26, 2012
The split yellow lentil are referred to as moong in the first step . it refers to the skinned split roundish green mung beans. Red lentils are skinned lentils from the same family as puy & beluga lentils.. substituting the red lentils .. it would still make a delicious crepe on account of the proteinaceous characteristic of the legumes, but technically the substitution makes this pancake into a COMPLETELY different dish
deanna1001 April 26, 2012
Thanks Panfusine...I assumed the specific lentil would make some difference...will try to find the correct ingredient and make it again. Any thoughts about the pepper variety?
Panfusine April 26, 2012
The most common dried red chiles used in Indian cuisine is the arbol chiles while the green ones refer to green birds eye chiles.. I usually substitute 1/2 a jalapeno for 2 of the birds eye variety..de seeded since the Sorry missed the qn earlier on the hotline..

ok.. I'm officially at a loss as to how to read this recipe, I don't see the green chiles & the coriander (I'm assuming its actually cilantro, since its chopped) being referred to in the process..
deanna1001 April 27, 2012
As I said, a bit sketchy. Coriander is listed at end of step 2. Green chili is never mentioned in process. Given my success (at least in terms of deliciousness) I think there is a lot of wiggle room in this recipe. Thanks for the clarification on the chilies. I'll make note for future Indian inspired meals.
deanna1001 April 20, 2012
I have a quick question about the chilies - any particular variety/size for the dried red ones? Seeded or not? Same for the green ones. I'm making these this weekend...
cheese1227 April 11, 2012
Love the steeping of the lentils with chilis. Great recipe.