Moong Dal Chilla is a healthy, protein packed, nutritious pancake which can be enjoyed in breakfast or as a snack. These fun moong dal chilla potlis have been stuffed with a yummy paneer stuffing and are a delight to the eyes! This snack can be a star in a party and is loved by kids.
There are many benefits of moong dal. Yellow moong dal is a great source of protein and is also very easy to digest. Moong Dal is very light and easy to cook. In fact moong dal is one of the first foods introduced to babies when they start solid diet at about 6 months of age. Moong Dal Chillas are the perfect evening snack and also a good after school snack for kids.
We often make cheela or pancake at home with a variety of ingredients including besan (gram flour), rawa (semolina), oats, flour, etc. All these are a little easier to make compared to the moong dal cheela as moong dal needs to be soaked overnight or for few hours. But cheela made with split & husked moong dal and whole green moong dal chilla are much more nutritious than any of these. Protein stuffing further increases the protein content in these cheelas. You can also check out our other snacks with paneer like Crispy Paneer Fingers, Paneer Kathi Roll, Peas and Paneer Sandwich, Finger Food for Kids 4 Ways.
Moong dal chilla is a very famous street food in Northern India and is usually sold as a snack with paneer stuffing and a spicy coriander mint chutney. I love eating these in winters especially. Chillas are also known as polis, pancakes, pudas, pudlas and pesarattu (which is essentially a dosa). These are very filling and keeps you full for longer. This recipe is part of my ongoing series on weight gain foods and recipes.
This Moong dal chilla recipe is part of my ongoing series on “20+ Weight Gain Foods and Recipes”. If you also worry about your child’s weight then you must read our article, where you will see 20+ weight gain foods and also all the easy recipes made with all those ingredients. Here are some of our other recipes especially made for Weight Gain series:
Moong Dal Chilla Potli Snack
Healthy, Nutritious Moong dal chilla made with soaked moong dal and stuffed with a spicy paneer (cottage cheese) stuffing.
For Moong Dal Chilla
- 1/2 cup Moong Dal, split and husked soaked for 3-4 hours or overnight
- 1/2 inch Ginger
- 1 Green Chili
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (hing)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin Powder
- 2 tbsp Oil for Shallow Frying the Chillas
For Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffing
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1/2 cup Onion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Capsicum finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 tsp Garlic finely chopped
- 1 cup Paneer (cottage cheese) crumbled
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper Powder
- 1 tbsp Coriander finely chopped
For Moong Dal Chilla
Put soaked and drained moong dal, ginger, green chili, salt, asafoetida, turmeric powder and cumin powder in a blender.
Blend into a smooth paste. You can use some of the soaking water for dal to blend well.
Heat a flat griddle or pan on the gas stove. Once the griddle is hot, smear very little oil.
Take a ladle full of the dal batter and spread it with the back of the ladle in a circular motion spreading outwards, just like dosa and as shown in the video.
Put some oil on the sides and let the chilla cook from one side.
Flip once you start seeing crisp border and cook from the other side as well.
Make other cheelas similarly and keep aside.
For the Paneer Stuffing
Heat a pan, add oil and let it heat. Now add onion and capsicum. Fry till soft.
Add tomatoes, garlic and fry for a couple of minutes.
Now add crumbled paneer, salt, red chili powder, chaat masala, cumin powder, black pepper powder and chopped coriander and mix well. Cook for a minute and take it off the heat.
For making potlis, take a cheela and put 2 tbsp of the paneer stuffing. Bring the sides together to form a potli or a pouch. Close the mouth with a spring onion green. Similarly make all potlis.