Stuffed Moong Dal Chila (Yellow Split Gram Pancake)

Disclaimer: This one needs a lot of determination, patience, grit and a bit of moong dal. Thanks to my wife, we are in abundance of all that! But trust me, this one is worth the effort. You no longer have to wait for a friend’s wedding to have it at one of the chat counters!  The recipe here includes the stuffing, though, if you are feeling lazy, you can skip the stuffing and just enjoy the pancake in itself as well. So let’s just dig in…

Ingredients (for stuffing):

  • Paneer (cottage cheese)  – 100 gms
  • Capsicum – ½ cup
  • Onion- ½ cup (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes- ½ cup (finely chopped)
  • Green chili- 1-2 (finely chopped)
  • Chat Masala (any brand) – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh coriander leaves – 1-2 teaspoon ( finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients (for chila/ pancake):

  • Moong dal (yellow split gram) soaked overnight – 1 cup ( 180 gms)
  • Green chili – 1
  • Fresh coriander leaves – 1-2 teaspoon ( finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Asafetida  (Hing)– 1 pinch
  • Ginger paste – 1.5 teaspoon/ finely chopped equivalent amount
  • Oil to cook
  • Salt to taste

Preparation – Stuffing:

  • Grate the paneer
  • Mix it with Onion, tomatoes, capsicum and green chili
  • Add coriander, chat masala and salt. Mix well and keep aside

Preparation – Chila/ pancake:

  • In a large bowl soak 1 cup moong dal for 3-4 hours. Drain off the water and transfer to a mixer blender jar
  • Also add chili and ginger in the jar
  • Blend the mixture to a smooth paste adding water if required and transfer the batter to a bowl
  • Add turmeric powder, chopped coriander, a pinch of hing and salt. Mix well adding some water forming a thick flowing consistency pancake batter
  • Once done, pour a tablespoon of batter onto a hot flat pan and spread gently in concentric circles
  • Put a little oil over the pancake after spreading. Cover and allow cooking on a medium flame for a minute
  • Once the top is visibly set, flip it over and cook the other side pressing gently
  • Place the pancake on a plate with the bottom side facing down. Add about 2-3 teaspoons of paneer filling along center diameter and fold along it
  • Sprinkle some more chat masala on the top
  • Serve it with coriander chutney and/ or tomato ketchup

Enjoy it with your family while binging on your favorite series. Do try it out guys and let me know your feedback. Hope you like it.

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