Savory Moong Dal Pancakes and Simple Yogurt Sauce

Savory Moong Dal Pancakes and Simple Yogurt Sauce

Course: Breakfast, Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
soak the beans: 4 hours
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 8 -9 pancakes
Author: Marvellina
Learn how to make this simple yet amazingly delicious Indian savory moong dal pancakes that are perfect as a breakfast dish or as an accompaniment to other meals.
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  • 1 cup moong dal (split mung beans)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large shallots
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric powder
  • 6 Tbsp cooking oil

Simple yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes/chili powder


Soak the beans:

  • Place the beans in a large mixing bowl and pour clean water in to cover the beans and let them soak for at least 4 hours. Discard water after that and they are ready to be used

Simple yogurt sauce:

  • Lightly beat the yogurt with a fork and then stir in the salt and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. They can be kept in the refrigerator for max 1 week. Do not freeze

Prepare the batter:

  • Place all the ingredients for pancakes, except for turmeric powder and cooking oil, into the blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the turmeric powder. I add the turmeric last, so it won't stain the blender all yellow. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl


  • Preheat non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add about 1 tsp of cooking oil and swirl to coat the base. Give the batter a stir each time before you ladle it 
  • Ladle about 1/3 cup and pour into the center of the pan. Let it cook for about 2 seconds and then use the back of the spoon to gently spread the batter outward in a continuous spiral motion to form a roughly 7-inch circle. You don't want to disturb the bottom layer when you are spreading
  • Drizzle another teaspoon of oil just outside the rim of the pancake. Cover and cook for about 1 minute. Uncover and then flip over and cook without over for another 1 minute. Transfer to a plate
  • Repeat with the remaining batter and don't forget to give the batter a good stir each time before cooking 


  • Serve the pancakes with the simple yogurt sauce on the side