There is so much to vegetarian food when you go beyond the leafy greens. This green pancake, dosa as it is called in India, is one such example. I came across this recipe while visiting my sister-in-law in Mumbai. She served these delicious dosas with garlic and chilly chutney for breakfast. On further research I found different versions of pesarattu, and one of those used to be served in my university canteen a long time ago. Probably had less of mung and more of rice flour in it thus changing its taste beyond recognition.

Mung daal beans pancake or dosa pesarattu
Pesarattu – photo credits Riniki Sanyal

I stuck to a very basic recipe as my track record with making dosas is disastrous!


1. 300 grams mung beans

2. 500 ml water (more if required)

3. Salt

4. Pepper

Preparation and Cooking

This is one of those recipes that need prior planning. Soak the mung beans over night ( at least 12 hours) and add more water if they soak up all of it.  When the beans have split their skins add salt and pepper to it. Blend the beans in to a pancake batter consistency. Add water if it is too dry. You will end up with a frothy green puree of mung beans.

Mung bean puree with the seasoning
Mung bean puree with the seasoning




On low heat put a flat bottomed frying pan or a grill. Once it is hot enough to make a pancake carefully pour your green mixture with a round spoon, whatever size you please. Note: these are quite heavy. While the dosa sets spoon some oil around the sides – this will help unstick the dosa. Once the sides of the dosa leaves the pan flip it over.

Ideally pesarattu should be served with coconut chutney but all  I had was mango pickle to serve it with. This could also be jazzed up with a sprinkling of finely chopped onions and coriander right before taking it off the heat.

Health benefits of a pancake made out of  mung beans

1. Green mung beans are a source of dietary fibres and protein

2. The oil needed for each pancake is minimal

3. Gluten free, nut free and milk free (Vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs everyone can eat it)

So a low fat meal rich in dietary fibres and protein that also tastes good must be good for your health!

Will you try making it?


Written by Amrita Dasgupta - Visit my blog for more food and travel stories
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