MLA pesarattu brings to life a delightful set of memories with my best buddies at college. Right after our postgraduate exam, we decided to visit the farthest among us. So off we went to Hyderabad. We had a fabulous visit, amazing food and an unforgettable set of memories.
One of the mornings we headed to have MLA pesarattu. Steaming hot spicy upma stuffed and rolled in a savoury green gram crepe. Dip it in the flavourful chutneys and oooh so good!!!
Why is it called so?
The MLA quarters at Hyderabad seems to responsible for this delicious swap. The usual masala dosa has a potato-based filling. In this case, the green gram based savoury crepe is generously filled with semolina based classic upma. The tales surrounding this suggests that the MLA who regularly favoured upma and pessarattu when in a hurry asked the staff to put the two together. As time went by this was a welcomed meal.
I am not entirely sure if this tale is completely true, but very much looks possible. The write up that prompted me to revive this in our menu is here
Now we love it for a weekend brunch as it is a good balance of proteins and carbs as well.
To the recipe
So the recipe that originated from wonderful memories of friendship is one comforting weekend meal. With growing children around, i.prefer this over Masala Dosa.
The green gram pessarattu is by itself an excellent breakfast. Being a low carb preparation is becomes perfect for diabetics and easy to make as a zero oil preparation. Green gram is a preferred one with weight watchers as well because of the effective balance between fibre and protein which keeps the hunger at bay.
Here is one more recipe with green gram
Sprouting the bean makes it even more digestible and healthy. The pessarattu I have made here is with sprouted green gram and is as easy to make as the regular one.
To Serve try this Almond chutney
Here is another similar recipe with chickpea flour and chickpeas
The Upma recipe to go along as stuffing is here
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green gram crepes
to soak together
- 2 cup Green gram (sabut moong)
- 1/2 cup Raw rice
- 6 cup drinking water
to grind along
- 1 small green chilli
- salt to taste
- 1/4 inch fresh ginger root
- 1 pinch Asafoetida (powder)
to spinkle on the crepe while cooking
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 medium red onion finely chopped
- 2-3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
to make the crepe
- 2-3 tbsp Sesame oil or ghee to smear the pan
- Clean, wash and soak the green gram and rice with 6 cups of water for the soaking.
- After about 3 hours the beans will have swollen and easy to grind.
- drain and reserve the water
- into the blender add the salt, chilli, ginger and asafoetida and the soaked rice and beans
- Blend to a smooth paste using the water drained earlier.
- Stir the batter well and it will have the consistency of a pancake/ dosa batter
- bring a flat pan to heat up and smear oil or ghee over the pan.
- pour one ladleful of the batter and spread out in even concentric circles, but not too thin on the pan
- Sprinkle a bit of chopped onion and cumin seeds on the crepe.
- Once the flat side is golden flip over and cook the other side as well.
- When both sides are cooked ( easy to remove from the pan) the crepe is ready.
- Serve hot with almond chutney.
If you like to use sprouted green gram soak the green gram in water for about 6 hours. once they have swelled up well, drain and warp them in cheesecloth and place them in a box and close the lid. keep in a cool dark place in the kitchen, but not a cold side. The green gram will sprout overnight. you can use this or wait for another 8 hours so the sprout grows longer and then grind it.
Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 326mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2g
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Loved this healthy and yummy crepes. Easy to make and delicious. You are right. Its a per breakfast. I have made yellow moong dal chila but this green moong crepes sounds more yummy. Awesome share.
Green gram pesarettu often finds pride of place on our dining table. And why not? It is such a flavourful thing, do nutritious and easy to make too. Very well explained recipe and beautiful pic.
My girls love dosas and this one has been on my to-do since long… I think I must make this once during this month instead of dosas… I am sure my folks will enjoy it… Totally protein rich dish…
Pesarattu is a regular and favourite breakfast at my home. I’ve never tried with sprouted green gram and asafoetida. I guess asafoetida adds a nice flavour to pesarattu, I will try with sprouted green gram and asafoetida next time. Love the way you’ve explained in detail.
Pesarattu is one of the regular tiffin recipes in my home. It is easy to make and nutritious too. How come I didn’t recollect this recipe for the challenge.
oh yes ! the MLA pesarattu is something I loved to gorge at “Chutneys” – a local eatery at hyderabad.. this Pesaratu is so filling isnt it ? good one for the alphabet, Seema ! hope you are settled in with the work schedule now.
We too make this but with only green gram. I was suprirsed to read that it can be eaten along with upma, a completely different combination. The green gram pesarrattu is very healthy and ideal for lunchbox.
Healthy and delicious! I can see how this has become a weekend favorite in your home! And love the story behind it. For me food is so much than just its recipe.. the stories behind how a particular dish came into being add to its whole experience 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Pesarattu and Upma with a yum chutney on the side is the perfect hearty breakfast ever! Love how filling it is. Healthy, nutritious and delicious all in one.
I’ve yet to try out this famous Andhra dish. Its easy to make but don’t know why it doesn’t come to my head when I’m looking for something different to make. This time have pinned your recipe so its a reminder for me. True or not love the story behind this famous flatbread.
This is my go-to dosa when I need something simple, yet healthy and delicious! I have seen versions with upma in it, but I personally prefer this plain dosa! Always a winner in our house for breakfast or even dinner!
Absolutely love these green gram flavourful dosa. It’s one of fav healthy breakfast. Nicely executed, delicious dosa recipe. Yummy 😋
This healthy and nutritious pesarttu is very regular at my place for the weekday breakfast. Yours looks yummy. I also add sprouted moon sometimes.
Moong pasarattu is one of the favourite breakfast menu at my place. Perfect to kick-start the day with. Lovely share Seema !
I too make it on regular basis but add other lentils also. A very healthy and easy to make option that kids enjoy and eat without fussing. Very nicely explained and detailed recipe.
Saturdays invariably means Pesarattu for breakfast in my home. I sometimes top it with loads of vegetables to make a healthy meal. I can relish any number of these dosas, especially when they are hot-off-the-tava 🙂
Green gram dosa sounds so healthy Seema !! love to have as an superb breakfast option for kids so easy and quick too
Healthy and tasty… Always love such recipe in my breakfast. I used to make green moong dal chila. But now this dish tempted me to make it soon. Thanks for the share!
Healthy, nutritious and delicious all in one. Loved this yummy crepes.Thank you for this wonderful recipe, It’s been part of my regular cooking.
I am so glad to hear that this recipe has been useful for you. Thank you, for staying on with us and encouraging each step that we take.