Moong Daal Ka Cheela - Savory Moong Bean Pancakes

Moong Dal Cheela
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Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
408 Calories
2g Fat
75g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 408
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Protein 26g
Calcium 119mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a great breakfast food or even perfect as an accompaniment to any gravy-based dish. Writing this recipe brings back happy memories of my Grandfather (who was a great cook and one of my best friends) making Cheela for me! Happy days! The recipe involves soaking the Moong overnight so factor that into your preparation time.


  • 2 cups split moong lentils without skin - see link below for a picture of Moong
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida powder
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable, canola or sunflower oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Thoroughly wash the Moong under running water. Put it into a large bowl and add the dry red chillies, cumin seeds and asafetida powder. Mix well and add enough warm water to cover the Moong fully. Leave overnight to soak.

  2. The next morning, drain the water away, grind the moong and spices you soaked with it, in a food processor to get a fine paste. Add water only as required to get the consistency of pancake batter - thick but 'pour-able'. Add the grated ginger, chopped coriander and salt to taste and mix well.

  3. Heat a griddle or heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. When hot, add a few drops of cooking oil to it and swirl to coat all sides of the pan. Now pour a ladle full of batter onto the pan and lightly use the ladle to spread the batter into a circular shape from the center outwards. Make a circle of diameter roughly 6 inches. Cook for 1 minute.

  4. Drizzle with a little oil and lift the edges of the Cheela to allow oil to go under it. Flip now and cook till the other side is golden too.

  5. Remove from pan and serve immediately with chutneys of your choice. I love it with it with Mint-Coriander Chutney! You can also fill Cheelas with fresh grated paneer!