Moong Dal and Paneer Chilla
by Tarla Dalal
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moong dal and paneer chilla is made by soaking and blending yellow moong dal with water. Then salt, asafoetida, green chilli paste and besan are added to make a batter. Pour a ladleful of batter on a non stick tava and cook it. Top with some low fat paneer and add any vegetables you wish. Cook and your moong dal paneer cheela is ready.
The moong dal and paneer chilla is also known as yellow moong dal cottage cheese pancake as chilla is an Indian pancake.
This healthy moong dal paneer cheela is good for your heart, helps control acidity and can be enjoyed by diabetics too. The fibre in yellow moong dal prevents the deposition of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the arteries, thereby improving heart health.
It is also packed with nutrients like zinc, protein and iron, which help to maintain the elasticity of your skin and keep it moist. fibre, potassium and magnesium also work together to regular high blood pressure and soothe the nerves.
Stuffing paneer into the moong dal paneer chilla makes them more filling, and also adds to the protein and calcium content. Have a go at this awesome snack, and you will never opt for unhealthy biscuits at tea-time!
moong dal and paneer chilla is ideally perfect for chillas for breakfast or at times we have it as a one meal dinner. Serve moong dal paneer cheela with green chutney.
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- To make moong dal and paneer chilla, combine the moong dal along with little water and blend in a mixer till smooth.
- Transfer it to a bowl, add the salt, asafoetida, sugar and green chilli paste and mix well.
- Heat ¼ tsp of oil in a non-stick tava (griddle) and pour a ladleful of the batter and spread it evenly to make a thin round of approx. 125 mm. (5”).
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp low-fat paneer, 1 tbsp coriander and ¼ tsp chaat masala and cook on a medium flame using ½ tsp of oil till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more moong dal and paneer chilla.
- Serve the moong dal and paneer chilla immediately.
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For preparing the moong dal chila, pick and clean the yellow moong dal. You can also use green moong dal or a combination of both. Also, you can add some urad dal to increase the nutrient content.
Wash and transfer the moong dal to a deep bowl.
Pour enough water to submerge the dal & keep it aside to soak for 3 to 4 hours.
After 4 hours, drain the dal.
Transfer to a mixer jar.
For preparing the moong dal chilla, pick and clean the yellow moong dal. You can also use green moong dal or a combination of both. Also, you can add some urad dal to increase the nutrient content.
Transfer it to a bowl. Add the salt.
Add asafoetida. This aids in digestion.
Add sugar. You can skip adding it if you dislike.
Furthermore, add green chilli paste. Add more or less to suit your palate. If making cheelas for kids, then skip adding green chilies if they don't prefer eating spicy food.
Add the besan.
Mix well using a whisk and our moong dal chilla batter is ready!
To prepare the moong dal cheela recipe stuffed with paneer, heat ¼ tsp of oil in a non-stick tava (griddle).
Pour a ladleful of batter.
Spread it evenly to make a thin round of approx. 125 mm. (5”). You can keep the size of chila small or big as per your desire.
Sprinkle 2 tbsp low-fat paneer. Alternatively, you can mix together paneer with vegetables and spices & make a wholesome stuffing & then make stuffed chilas.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp coriander and ¼ tsp chaat masala.
Cook on a medium flame using ½ tsp of oil till they turn golden brown in colour from both sides.
Remove the moong dal chilla stuffed with paneer on a plate. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more paneer moong dal chillas.
Serve the moong dal and paneer chilla, moong dal paneer cheela immediately.
What is a chilla? Chilla is India’s answer to pancakes. While South India is famous for its innumerable types of dosa, West and North India go with chilla! There are different types of chilla – made with ground pulses, a mix of dry flours, fermented batters as well as quick-fix ones.
The most common type of chilla is made with besan. Quickly mix besan with a dash of spices, allow it to stand for a few minutes and you are all ready to make a healthy breakfast of hot chillas. You can fortify the Besan Chilla batter with just about anything that is within reach and healthy – grated veggies, crumbled paneer, chopped greens, or whatever!
The next most common option after Besan Chilla is the Moong Dal Chilla. Here, you soak and grind moong dal with green chillies, jeera etc. to make the batter for a comforting and healthy chilla. The Moong Dal Chilla is believed to be more nutritious yet easier to digest. You can add grated veggies and greens to the batter, or even make a mixed veg or paneer stuffing for the chilla! Try the Stuffed Moong Dal Chilla and Moong Dal and Paneer Phudina Chilla.
Similarly, you can make chillas with other pulses and flours too, such as the Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chilla or the High Fibre Chilla that help to keep up your health quotient.
When you are in a real dash, go for options like the Besan and Green Pea Chilla that can be cooked in a jiffy in the microwave, and when you want to swing your kids in favour of the Indian pancake, go for something interesting like the Mini Green Moong Dal Chilla. Name your need, and there is a chilla to fill the gap! You can even mix-and-match the ingredients available at home and come up with your own exciting combos – right from the batter to the stuffing.
Serve your chillas with Mint Chutney, Coriander Chutney or Tomato Chutney. If you are in a hurry, just ketchup would do. Grated jaggery and soft butter are also very homely and comforting accompaniments to the chilla.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per chilla
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