Yes it is the Festival season & we have been having & making loads of sweets but having a savory accompaniment along with the sweets is also a must . I like sweets but then a hot & spicy snack has always been my personal favourite. Moong dal chilla are very easy to make , healthy & light on the stomach. The filling makes them even more delicious & also make them look very festive. Also one of my Mom's favourite , these chillas can be had as a snack or breakfast or - or whenever. Looks like I am at a loss for words so let's do the recipe:
1 cup Moong daal ( Split yellow Moong Daal)
Pinch of Asafoetida
salt to taste
For the Filling:
1 cup of cheese ( I made fresh cheese)
1 small onion chopped
2-3 green chilli finely chopped
1/4th cup peas ( I used frozen)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of turmeric powder
salt & red chilli powder to taste
oil for frying.
Soak Moong daal overnight or for atleast 4 hours .
Drain all the water & grind daal with asafoetida to a fine paste with just enough water to make a batter just like Dosa batter . Add the salt. Keep aside.
For the filling:
Heat 1 tsp oil in a skillet & add cumin seeds. Let them splutter & add onions & green chillies. Stir till the onions turn pink. Now add the cheese , salt , turmeric powder, red chilli powder & peas & stir well for 2-3 minutes. The Filling is now ready.
I like the chillas with a very Hot green chutney made with lots of green chillies , cilantro & lemon juice.
They are sure to be a hit with your guests so have fun during the festival season & hope you Enjoy...........