Moong Dal Chilla Stuffed with Paneer is a pancake or dosa made with ground moong dal batter stuffed with Paneer. This Cheela is a quick and healthy breakfast dish you can make that pairs well with any spicy chutney.
Moong Dal Cheela is similar to Andhra Pesarattu. Only difference between Pesarattu and Moong Dal Cheela is that we use Whole green Gram for Pesarattu and split yellow dal for Moong Dal Chilla. I added two spoons of besan and rice flour to make it very crispy.
Pesarattu is healthy as we don’t normally add rice, however, we do soak the rice along with whole green gram sometimes.
When you talk about Cheelas, these are Indian Crepes made in different North Indian states, very much like the Lentil Dosas that get made in the South Indian States. They have different Cheelas like the Besan Cheela, Sooji Cheela, etc. In some states, Cheelas is also known as Puda or Pudla.
So while reading about these different dishes, I again felt how similar all the Indian State cuisines are in many of the dishes. However, I choose to make Moong Dal Cheela as the North Indian style all stuffed with paneer for the alphabet M, as I am doing A to Z Indian Breakfast Dishes this week.
One difference though with both these batters is that Pesarattu is very filling and heavy, while Moong dal Cheela feels light. I have another version of Yellow Moong Dal Dosas made with different combinations.
On searching the net for various Moong dal cheela, I came across many versions that had paneer stuffed in it. I went ahead with a version I knew Konda will like. These cheelas are protein rich and very nutritious. You can serve these for breakfast or dinner or even as a snack.
These rollups make a delicious snack for kids as these don’t require fermentation. Pesarattu needs at least 3 to 4 hours of soaking. You only need to soak this dal for an hour or under before making the batter.
When I was checking out the different breakfast dishes that start with M, I came about Mushti Polo, Matar Ka Cheela, Madakasan. We don’t prefer a sweet breakfast and didn’t make Madakasan, though I was keen on making it.
Step By Step Pictures for making these Cheelas
Ingredients Used for making Moong Dal Chilla Stuffed with Paneer
Split Yellow Moong Dal is the main ingredient to make these Cheelas.
Moong Dal Cheelas is an easy no ferment dosa stuffed with fresh spicy paneer. This makes a wonderful snack dish as well.
Instead of the Besan, you can soak chana dal and grind it along with it. If you want, you can skip the rice flour as well.