May 19, 2010

My first Moong Daal Cheela (Simple variation with Paneer)

Cheela are like creepes. I first time saw these cheelas in India where a chef was making hot cheelas on a large griddle. I used to see so many recipes of Cheela made form variety of daals (lentil) and always wished to try it myself at home. Me being a Gujarati and not having tried a moong daal cheela (chila) always killed me. I was scanning a book of Viddhu Mittal from one of my friends and I found a lovely recipe in it. The addition of paneer makes this cheela look so attractive and makes everyone to have it. I still want to try all different kinds of cheelas. Being high in proteins and fibers this has become one of my favorite snack/breakfast items.



Ingredients:

1 cup Green Gram (dhuli moong daal), dehusked split
2 tbsp Bengal Gram (Chana Daal),dehusked split
(optional)
2 tsp Green Chilies, chopped
2 tsp Ginger paste
Salt to taste
Pinch of Asafetida (hing)
2 tbsp chopped fresh Coriander
Oil for frying

For topping:
1 Cup Cottage Cheese (paneer) grated
2 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Chili powder (optional)

Method:

1. Soak both the daal for 2 hours and drain the water after that.

2. Then grind both the daals , green chilies, ginger with just enough water to form a smooth batter.

3. Add salt asafetida, coriander to the batter and mix well.

4. Mix all the ingredients under topping and keep aside.

5. Heat a non-stick pan. Spread some oil. Take a ladle of batter and spread on the pan (the way we spread crepes) till 6" wide.

6. Add 1-2 tsp oil around the Cheela and let it cook until golden brown. Flip the side and let other side cook for 30 sec.

7. Now flip again , spread 1 tbsp topping, fold the cheela and serve.

Tips: 

  • Other variation is to have a mixed vegetable stuffing/topping (use onion, tomato, green chili, ginger etc). One can also add grated tofu instead of paneer.
  • Refrigerate the mung bean batter for upto 3 days and make fresh cheela as desired.
  • Can serve with coconut chutney, corriander chutney, tomato ketchup , pickle or anything you want :)

32 comments:

  1. this is so yumm, i make cheelas all the time. adding grated paneer is such a nice touch. will do that next time. lovely presentation!

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  2. Lovely delicious chilas we call them pudlas.Nice click.

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  3. Wow cheelas looks so tempting..Lovely clicks.

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  4. This crispy and tasty looking cheela...adding panner here sounds very tasty :)

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  5. the platter looks delicious...posted the same moong dal dosas few days back..i made of stuffing of veggies and paneer..do check...

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  6. Wow!!! It makes me hungry now. Feels like eating it right now. Very beautiful click. Love the recipe , so simple and yummy..

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  7. Wow ! it's breakfast time here and your pictures are making me hungry :-)Very tempting and lovely presentation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  8. wow ..feel to eat tit now.making me hungry yarr..
    delicious and healthy cheela..the name itself so interesting..nice one..loved the toppings

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  9. Sayali,

    Moong dal cheela looks really good. I like to have them.

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  10. it looks so crispy,loved that you added paneer on the top..looks so yum

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  11. Adding paneer sound like a great idea.

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  12. Wow...looks very delicious. This would make a very good lunch with some vegetable curry...mmm

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  13. Crispy cheela looks utterly delicious, paneer on the top makes me hungry..

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  14. Chillas look so delicious, adding paneer is a great idea :)

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  15. I loved the pictures. Definitely a healthy variation. Looks yum :)

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  16. Beautiful pics...they look awesome

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  17. I have tried my whole wheat halwa with less ghee, it just becomes gluey. I always feel specially with whole wheat (as that is what we make in my in-laws family most of the time), you need to put that extra ghee. I will try to figure out a way to use less ghee and do experiments :)

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  18. Your cheela looks really appetizing with the garnish toppings! Nice idea! Cheers!

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  19. This is new to me,looks so yumm! With paneer topping it looking too tempting!

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  20. nice click..cheela looks awesome..

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  21. Tempting. I never added chana dal while making it, will definitely try this version. Lovely blog.

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  22. I sure do love your cheela esp the paneer garnish. Yum... You have a great blog here and some amazing clicks.

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  23. The dosa looks so colourful and yummy. First time here in your blog,looks lovely,happy to follow you.

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  24. paneer is such a brilliant addition.. i found a new crepe for breakfast!

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  25. Lovely and delicious cheela..

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  26. delicious cheela... looks so tempting... you have a nice space here...following u now...

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  27. Moong dal cheelaaa?????? that name itself is very new to me and attracted a lot,....very nice one and easy too....have a lovely space....and that topping idea was very good....i liked it a lot....

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  28. it sure looks so delicious and tempting. love the crust you got on this cheela.

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  30. my favorite breakfast!!! thnx for the recipe.

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