Saturday, March 13, 2010

'Tis the reason to be Inspired

For me, inspirations comes in all forms. Looking at a beautiful picture-I get inspired to paint. Looking at the 'seconds' needle- I get inspired to keep trying. Looking at a tempting food- huh, lets see. Do I get inspired to cook? gosh no, with no second thoughts, I would dig in right away.

But, I do get inspired to cook-looking at a tempting food picture. And that is what I did when Madhur Jaffrey talk about the delicious and healthy Moongdal Chilla in her cookbook. I liked her idea of adding lightly mashed peas to the dosa-which gave a vibrant look to the dosa. Yellow and green!

Have you read her book? I was enchanted at the start, with her perfectly pictured spoon of fresh garam masala and the reason for making them fresh, to a wide range of Indian dishes with healthier options, and finally her question in blissful ignorance-And, to end, would you care for a paan? oh.. I would, definitely!


[in Andhra its called as Pesaratu]

  • 3/4 cup Yellow Moongdal
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Green Peas
  • 1/4 cup Idli rice [can substitute with any short grain rice]
  • 1/2 tsp grated Ginger
  • 1 Red Chili
  • 1/8 tsp Baking soda(Optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Onion minched or very finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped finely
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

Soak the moongdal in water for overnight or for at-least 4-5 hours, and grind adding little water to make a dosa batter.

Cook the green peas for 5-10 minutes and slightly mash it with your finger. Add the green peas, onion, salt, turmeric, baking soda and coriander leaves to the dosa batter.

Make dosas slightly thinner, than the normal dosa, to cook it evenly. And make sure to add 1/4 tsp of oil or more at the edges of dosa while cooking.

And, to end, would you care for some more interesting moongdal dosa recipes? Here are other reasons to be inspired-

Gita's Kitchen
Or rather should I say Healthy Kitchen? In her kitchen, she inspires us by making moongdal dosa with brown rice. Weight watchers, you might want to keep a close tab on her blog! Almost all her recipes are health-friendly.

Priya's Easy N Tasty recipes
Substituting rice with Oats in otherwise normal moongdal dosa-gives us an insight about her touch of creativity! With wide variety of innovative dishes from all around the world, her space is definitely one of the essential bookmark in everyone's kitchen.

Simple Indian Food
Gives us a traditional and an authentic pesaratu! A blog with almost all Indian recipes you would look out for. You name it, and she has it. Not just recipes, her blog is also a path to- hundreds of active Indian food bloggers through her blogger series.


  1. Moong daal dosa looks deliious and yumm..;-)) very healthy and pics looks great!!

  2. Moong daal dosas look great and I love this pic:)
    Have a great weekend dear!

  3. It's breakfast time...and I'm feeling hungry just by looking at this pic. Moong dal dosas look yummy. Picture perfect!!!

  4. Kalai,

    Moong dal dosa looks really great. Nice picture

  5. dosa looks too delicious and what a beautiful pic too..

  6. Adding peas sounds interesting!!!

    Dosa looks very tempting and delicious too!!!

    Nice click :-)

  7. Dosa looks perfect n healthy too...

  8. My hubby's fav, but adding peas is a great twist to the authentic one :-) Tempting click, Kalai !

  9. Dear Kalai, thank you so much for the kind and loving words dear :) your dosas looks awesome, so crispy and inviting...lovely pictures too :)

  10. These pudla sas we call them look delicious.Nice click too.

  11. First time here.. and I'm sure going to try this recipe...looks very tempting ;)And following you to catch up more..

  12. Hi Kalai,

    First time here..loved ur space..moong dal chilla is my all time fav..loved ur version.. i too had posted one quiite a while ago.. btw..also loved ur enchilladas and veggie pancakes..still exploring ur space! glad to follow u!

  13. Looks so delicious dear and also wonderful click.

  14. Wow, moong dal ki dosas look soft, thin and uniform...its rich in fibre and protein, perfect meal.

  15. Moong dhal chilla looks absolutely fabulous and very tempting !

  16. Kalai,

    oru different recipe ithu....Paarkha aasaiyah irukku..sithu pakkarane..idhu konjam nammah ooru adai stylela irukku..

  17. Moong dal dosa looks perfect..

  18. Beautiful click... looks very tempting.

  19. Hey Kalai,
    What a lovely coincidence!.. even my recent post is Mung Dosa.. yours is healthier with gree peas..
    lovely pic..

  20. Dear,
    Stumbled here from EC. Lovely dosa and awesome looking bars in the previous post. You have a way with presentation. Following you.

  21. great version by adding peas..Looks so yummy and perfect..

  22. beautiful the photography too

  23. Oh I love moong daal reminded me of this recipe! thanks


  24. Thanks for featuring me here..the dosas look tempting

  25. it's a good one dear..this version is new to me I would def. want to try it at some point in time :)
    The previous post for me is a must try :) u've made them so perfect :)

  26. Thank you all my lovely readers for the valuable comments. Its truly encouraging and gives me motivation on those lazy days when I hate to step into my kitchen and couldn't just switch on my camera. But not anymore! Thanks each one of you:)

  27. Hi Kalai..

    Thanks for ur beautiful words about my space dear...Am soo happy and the moongdal dosa looks prefect and the addition of green peas, fantastic dosas..

  28. Haii ..Thanks for your kind words about my parathas... Dosa looks yummy.. following you

  29. This is a very healthy recipe..nicely clicked tooo..

  30. Hi Kalai
    I simply love your blog, your style of writing and the amazing recipes. I am so glad that i started blogging, bcoz of this i am getting to you all amazing ppl:)