August 24, 2008

Pesaratt (Moong Dal Dosa)


One of the advantages of having parents and in-laws at home is that my weekend brunch repertoire has expanded. No more omelette and pancakes! Now, it's rava idli, pohe, vermicelli upma, rava upma etc. And today I tried pesaratt. I had soaked whole moong dal for sprouting thinking it'll make a good addition to salads. But when my mother-in-law suggested pesaratt, it sounded delicious and I readily agreed.

Pesarattu is a popular breakfast or tiffin item in Andhra and Tamil Nadu where it's made with split moong dal. Making it with sprouted moong dal makes it doubly delicious and healthy.


1 1/2 cup Moong Dal (sprouted)
2 tbspoon rice (soaked for 2-4 hours)
1" ginger
1 green chilli
1 red chilli
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
salt to taste
4-5 tbspoon oil

Soak whole moong dal for about a couple of days and they'll sprout.

Then grind the sprouted dal along with rice, green chillies, red chillies, ginger, cumin seeds and salt to a medium consistency. Remove the batter, add about a teaspoon of curry leaves and mix the batter thoroughly.


Heat a thick-bottomed pan. Pour one ladle full of batter in the pan and spread it around in a circular fashion. Then add a few drops of oil around the edges of pesaratt. The advantage of making pesaratt on a non-stick pan makes the oil requirement minimal.

Wait for few minutes till the bottom gets golden-brown, then flip it and cook the other side now for about 30sec to a min.


Serve it warm with chutney. We enjoyed ours with onion chutney. This is going to Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook who's hosting Legume Love Affair: Second Helping. Thanks for hosting!


  1. Well done Mandira! The pesarattu looks lovely. Love the colour...

  2. looks absolutely healthy n delicious.

  3. I love how the standards always go up when the parents arrive! What a fantastic, healthy breakfast! I will def try it.

  4. Yum, You're so lucky to have family around making good foods :)

  5. This sunday only we were talking abt this type of dosa... Very good and it is healthy too.

  6. This looks yummy!! I will definitely try this today.

  7. I love pancakes you never have to feel guilty for eating.

    These are beauties, Mandira. Thank you for sharing them for MLLA2.

  8. Thanks Daily Meals, Divya, Bhawana, Sunanda. It was one healthy and delicious breakfast!

    Mallika- LOL, I agree, they do tend to have that effect! Do try and let me know how it turns out.

    Thanks Meeso - it's good to have family around :)

    Susan - thank you. These are perfect for those lazy breakfasts when you can linger on the table with endless cups of tea/coffee. Thanks for hosting!

  9. Mandira,
    Pesaratu is good for breakfast or any time of the day I guess , with sprouted moong , Its even more healthy .Hey liked the Blueberry yogurt cake also .wish I can bake more like you ..
    enjoy your time with parents and in-laws .
    hugs and smiles

  10. What a great idea to make pesarhettu with sprouted moong.
    Great going.

  11. Jaya, Geeta - thank you. We did enjoy our breakfast and will have to post new things we are trying soon. :)


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