Mung Bean Pancakes- A Savoury Breakfast


(Moong Dal ka cheela)
mung bean pancakes
moong dal cheelaMung beans or Moong Dal are a family favourite lentil to date. These beans cook amazingly well,  both in the sweet and savoury dishes alike, imparting a lovely taste and a nutrient pack texture in any recipe.

Indulging in this legume-based pancake on an excellent breakfast over the busy week is easy, with little preparation for soaking them the night before. 

This recipe follows the low-FODMAP profile, gluten-free, vegan, low- carb and protein- high. It can be tailored to one's preference by adding or subtracting any ingredients. I often make them SAVOURY and straightforward for breakfast with no extra additions. 
Here is our simple recipe.


 mung bean pancakes
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Soaking Time: overnight or 4 hrs
Cooking Time: 6 mins
Makes: 6 pancakes, 2 servings

1 cup split/whole moong beans soaked in 2 cups of water overnight or for 4 hrs
½ cup of cold water
1” piece of fresh ginger
1 red chilli deseeded

1 tsp carom or cumin seeds
¼ tsp of Himalayan salt or any cooking salt
1 tsp of any vegetable oil

1) Discard the water from the beans and blend all the ingredients to form a smooth, light batter not too runny or not too dense.

soaked mung beans2) Heat a frying pan or a cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat with some oil- Oil spray or a brush works well to grease the pan base evenly.

3) Reduce the heat and pour a ladle full of the batter into the centre of the pan. Swirl the pan for the batter to settle around the edges uniformly.

(I prefer to use an egg pan to make these pancakes for those lovely round shapes.)

4) Cook on one side, and using a spatula or a wooden turner, flip the pancake to cook on the other side- usually, a pancake should take about 2 mins on each side depending upon the heat setting.

5) Stir the batter again and repeat this process with the remaining batter to make the pancakes.

6) Serve the pancakes warm to your liking with any side dish or a topping of your choice.

mung bean pancakesHere at L.C, we enjoyed a dollop of hummus, and it was heart-warming on a cold morning.


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  1. Wow, I love the idea of using mung beans in this recipe. Can't wait to try this as a guilt free healthy snack!

    1. Dear Maliha

      Yes, it is a guiltfree indulgence, Thanks for your visit.

  2. This recipe is such a fun, playful twist on traditional pancakes. And your savory pancakes would make such a fabulous breakfast for dinner entree!


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