Sunday, October 18, 2015



Green Moong Beans also known as Whole Green Gram are "loaded with nutritional health benefits" , especially so when they are sprouted. We use them fairly often in my house. You will see recipes for Sprouted Moong Salad, Sprouted Moong Curry, and Healthy Moong Chaat, elsewhere in this blog.

Today's dish is adapted from the recipe for a nutritious snack from Gujarat called Sprouted Moong & Methi Chila from the legendary Tarlaji Dalal. The recipe given below is for making 6 chilas.


  • Moong Sprouts (Whole Green Gram),  1 and 1/2 cups
  • Green Chillies, roughly chopped, 4-5
  • Ginger, roughly chopped, 1/2 " piece 
  • Fenugreek Leaves (Methi) roughly chopped, 1/2 cup
  • Besan (Bengal Gram Flour), 1 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, for tempering and making the chilas
  • Cumin Seeds, (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida, (Hing), 2 pinches

In a bowl, mix together the moong sprouts, chopped green chillies, and ginger with 3/4 cup of water.
Transfer this to a mixer and blend it to form a smooth batter
Move this back to the bowl and add the chopped fenugreek leaves, besan, and salt.
Mix well to form a smooth batter and keep aside.
In a small non-stick pan, add 1 tsp of oil and when it gets heated add the cumin seeds
When they sizzle, add the asafoetida and mix well
Pour this tempering onto the batter and mix well
Heat and grease a non-stick tawa (griddle) 
Pour a ladleful of batter on the tawa 
Spread the batter evenly to make a circle of about 5" diameter to make a chila
Cook the chila first on one side till it becomes golden brown than, flip and cook the other side likewise by pouring oil on the edges of the chila
Repeat with the remaining batter to make more chilas 
Serve the chilas hot with mint chutney and a little curds.

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