Moong Dal Savoury by Tarla Dalal

This savoury is very easy to make and great to serve for breakfast or even for parties.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Makes 12 savouries


For The Batter
3/4 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
2 tbsp fresh curds (dahi)
green chillies , roughly chopped
salt to taste
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp besan (bengal gram flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder

For The Green Peas Topping
1 1/4 cups boiled and mashed green peas
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
salt to taste
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
oil for cooking

For Serving
green chutney
sweet chutney

For the batter

  1. Soak the dal for at least 2 to 3 hours and drain well.
  2. Combine the soaked dal, curds, green chillies and ¼ cup of water and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste.
  3. Add the salt, asafoetida, besan and baking powder and mix gently. Keep aside.

For the green peas topping

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the green peas, salt and green chillies, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  3. Add the dried mango powder and coriander and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Heat a greased non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it using a little oil.
  2. Pour a spoonful of the batter on the tava (griddle) and spread in a circular motion to make a 75 mm. (3”) diameter circle.
  3. Spread a little stuffing on it and press it gently.
  4. Cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Turn it upside down and cook again for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Repeat with the remaining mixture and stuffing to make 11 more savories.
  7. Serve hot with green chutney and sweet chutney.


  1. Prepare green peas stuffing 1 day in advance.

Recipe Source: Moong Dal Savoury by Tarla Dalal


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