How to make healthy and easy green moong dal (green mung beans) dosa
The benefits that Moong dal or Mung dal beans has to offer is every health conscious person’s dream. It is high in protein, fiber, low in calories and has powerful antioxidant properties that will help you develop a strong immune system. Combined with the right spices, Green moong becomes a easily digestible and suitable for all age groups. Ayurveda sings praises of this staple bean, calling it “life nourishing” !
Let’s see how to make the Green moong dal dosa or Pesarattu as our friends in Andhra call it –
Soak 1 cup of Green moong dal in water for 5-8 hours. I usually soak it overnight.
Once soaked, the moong dal is ready to ground into dosa batter. Drain the water and transfer the moong dal into a mixer jar. Add 1 inch ginger piece, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 green chili, 1 red chili and 1 tablespoon of rice flour. By adding rice flour, you will be able to make crisp dosas. However, adding rice flour is optional. Alternatively, you can also soak 1 tablespoon of raw rice with the moong dal to grind it along.
I also add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds (soombu or saunf) along with the spices. I love the flavor that fennel adds to the dosa. If you don’t like fennel flavor substitute it with 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds or Jeera. Grind everything smoothly by slowly adding water. I ended up adding 3/4 cup of water to get the consistency you see in the pic below. The consistency has to be super smooth and pourable.
Next, heat a tava or griddle and sprinkle some oil on it. Wipe the oil across the tava to make sure the tava is very lightly coated. Pour 1/2 cup of batter and spread into a round dosa. After couple of minutes add 1 teaspoon of oil along the edges and cook the dosa in medium heat.
Once, you see the edges turning golden brown, flip the dosa on the other side and cook well. So, we are cooking the dosa well on both the sides. If you want a crispier dosa, leave it on the tava in low-med heat for couple of more minutes. You will end up with golden crispy dosa that generally kids love. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter. This batter makes upto 8 dosas.
Green moong dosa is usually served hot with some spicy chutney. Here are a couple of options for you,