Friday, October 21, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Moong Daal Chilla / Yellow lentil Pancakes


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:

Ingredients:

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.

Preparation:

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.



Heat a flat skillet or a non stick pan to make the chillas - grease it with very little oil,  spread 1 tablespoon of batter & spread it in a round just like we would for Dosa. I tablespoon of batter makes small snack size chillas . Once done from one side, turn it upside down & let it fry . Now turn again & place about a tablespoon of cheese filling in the centre & fold from both sides. The chilla is ready to be served.


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...........