Moong beans dosa (pancake) or pesarattu as it is called in India is an extremely nutritious and filling recipe for breakfast. Unlike other dosa, which are usually fermented before making, pesarattu is made from freshly ground batter of whole mung beans.

This recipe is packed with loads of nutrients including proteins, healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. So, you can be sure to cover majority of your micro nutrients with this delicious and easy recipe.

Have it for breakfast or dinner, or for lunch (along with some veggies). You can enjoy pesarattu with some other veggies as gourds and chutneys as well.

This is a balancing recipe for all Dosha, hence it is Tridoshic and highly nourishing meal option.

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Moong Beans Dosa (Pancake) | Pesarattu with Coconut and Curry Leaves Chutney

Pesarattu as it is called in India is a protein packed delicious and highly nutritious pancake made form whole mung beans. Have it with coconut curry leaves chutney to make a complete meal and ideal breakfast. Great for kids, Diabetics, PCOS, pregnancy and for all who enjoy healthy breakfast.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soak Time6 hrs
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Hindu, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: moong beans
Servings: 4 people
Author: Nidhi Bansal
Cost: $10


  • Grinder or Food Processor for Coconut Chutney
  • Broad and Shallow Pan or Tawa to make pancake
  • Ladle to make pancake
  • Sharp Spatula for the pancake


For Coconut Curry Leaves Chutney

  • 200 g Fresh Coconut With Peel or without peel
  • 2-3 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1 inch Fresh ginger root optional
  • 1 small green chili optional
  • 1 tsp Rock Salt To taste
  • ½ tsp Roasted Cumin Powder optional
  • 1 tsp Dried onion powder optional
  • ½ Cup Water To make chutney

For Moon Beans Dosa

  • 1 cup Whole Mung Beans About 200 g
  • 2-3 sprigs Fresh curry leaves
  • 1 inch Fresh Ginger Root Pound or grated or replace with dry ginger powder (1 tsp)
  • tsp Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Seeds powder
  • cups Water Make sure that the mix is consistent and flowing. Change amount of water to your requirement.
  • 3 tbsp Ghee or Coconut Oil To make the Dosa


Preparing the Coconut Chutney

  • Cut the fresh coconut into small pieces.
  • Peel the ginger and cut in small pieces.
  • Wash and separate the curry leaves and keep aside.
  • Add all the ingredients to the grinder along with water.
  • Grind till it makes a smooth chutney mix.

Making Pesarattu Batter

  • Add mung beans to a large bowl and wash well.
  • Soak in water for 4-6 hours. Keep water height around ½ inch above the mung beans.
  • Now add the mung beans, ginger, salt, curry leaves and a little water to the grinder. Mix well to make a runny and consistent batter.
  • The batter should be of pouring consistency, yet thick and spreadable to make the pancakes.

Making the Dosa

  • Heat a pan on medium flame. Spread some ghee on the pan. 
  • Once the pan is medium to hot, it is ready to make the dosa. Check by splashing a few drops of water on the pan. It will quickly steam off.
  • Pour ½ to ¾ of ladle batter on the pan. Then quickly spread it into a thin layer starting from the centre and moving towards the edges of the pan.
  • Let the base cook and become crisp. Sprinkle some ghee on top. Sprinkle a few drops of ghee on the sides of the dosa as well.
  • When the base is golden and crisp, turn over and cook the other side (for few seconds). You may or may not need to cook the other side, depending on the thickness of your batter.
  • Serve the Dosa with the coconut chutney. Enjoy!


For the Pesarattu

  • Consistency of the batter is the key. Make sure that the batter is thick yet spreading such that you are able to easily make the dosa.
  • If the batter is too thin, then you can thicken it up with some ragi (finger millet flour) or any other flour of your choice.
  • If it is too thick and hard to spread, then add some water to the grinder in the mixer itself. Directly adding water to the batter makes it difficult to make the dosa (they become too sticky).
  • Higher soaking time makes a softer dosa. If you enjoy crispy and crunchy pesarattu, then keep soaking time to 4-6 hours only.
  • More soaking will lead to sprouting of beans, which increases the health quotient of the dosa. So, you can try both ways and see which one you like more.

For the Coconut Chutney

  • You can make the chutney with desiccated coconut too. However, the taste of freshly grated coconut is creamier, fresher and so much more nicer.
  • Add the herbs of your choice. We added ginger and curry leaves. You can add onion powder, chili, and replace curry leaves with coriander leaves or others that are available to you.

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Nidhi Bansal

Nidhi is the Founder of Medhya Herbals, a wellness venture that offers natural health solutions for Women. She has set on a mission to solve & simplify women's health care problems with all natural and holistic Ayurveda. Medhya Herbals offers Ayurvedic treatment through 1:1 Doctor consultations, Personalised Diet, Lifestyle and Exercise plans and online learning programmes. Start healing today!

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