Chana Dal Pancakes

Chana Dal Pancakes

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Chana dal pancakes is made of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and protein rich curds to enhance its taste.

Grated ginger and green chillies add the much-needed spice to the chana dal pancakes. Cook these split bengal gram pancakes over a slow flame as the chana dal is coarsely ground and will take a while to cook well.

What makes chana dal pancakes healthy? Chana dal is a very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in the utilisation of sugar effectively causing a slow rise in blood sugar levels because of its low glycemic index.

There is a 1/2 cup of methi leaves used in chana dal pancakes and see why we love that. Fenugreek leaves help in improving glucose and insulin responses, hence good for diabetics. The levels of cholesterol also reduced with intakes of fenugreek leaves.

These Indian chana dal pancakes are extremely filling and you could have that for a heavy breakfast or it would suffice for dinner. Serve chana dal pancakes with green chutney.

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Chana Dal Pancakes recipe - How to make Chana Dal Pancakes

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 pancakes


For Chana Dal Pancakes
1/2 cup chana dal (split bengal gram) , soaked for 4 to 5 hours and drained
1/2 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach (palak)
4 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta) , roughly chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
2 tbsp curd (dahi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp fruit salt
3 tsp peanut oil for greasing and cooking

For Serving With Chana Dal Pancakes
green chutney

For chana dal pancakes

    For chana dal pancakes
  1. To make chana dal pancakes, grind the soaked chana dal into a coarse paste adding approx. ¼ cup of water.
  2. Add the fenugreek leaves, spinach, carrot, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, curds, oil and salt and mix well. Just before serving, add the fruit salt and mix well.
  3. Divide the batter into 6 equal portions.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava with ¼ tsp of oil and spread one portion of the batter on it and make a pancake of approx. 100 mm. (4") diameter.
  5. Cook on a slow flame till both sides are golden brown, drizzling ¼ tsp oil.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to make 5 more chana dal pancakes.
  7. Serve chana dal pancakes hot with green chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per pancake
Energy104 cal
Protein4 g
Carbohydrates11.3 g
Fiber3.3 g
Fat4.7 g
Cholesterol0.8 mg
Sodium20.9 mg
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    Batter for chana dal pancake

    1. For preparing the batter for chana dal pancake, pick and clean the chana dal and transfer into a deep bowl.
    2. Pour enough water over it.
    3. Cover the dal with a lid and soak for 4 to 5 hours. You can also use hot water and soak it for 2 hours.
    4. Drain the dal using a strainer.
    5. Transfer the dal to a mixer jar.
    6. Add ¼ cup of water.
    7. Blend the soaked and drained chana dal to a coarse paste.
    8. Transfer the coarsely crushed dal to a bowl. If you crush it smooth, the batter will turn like a dosa/chilla batter and you won’t get fluffy pancakes.
    9. Add carrot. You can add any vegetables of your choice like grated beetroot, lauki, cabbage, french beans, coarsely crushed peas or corn etc.
    10. Add spinach. Palak is rich in dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C and many more nutrients. To read more about it, check this article on 17 Amazing Health Benefits of Palak, Spinach.
    11. Add the fenugreek leaves.
    12. Add curry leaves. This is totally optional.
    13. Add green chillies. It can be swapped with red chilli powder.
    14. Add ginger. If you are someone like me who stocks up refrigerator with Ginger Green Chilli Paste then make use of it.
    15. Add the curd. It helps in making chana dal pancake soft.
    16. Add oil.
    17. Add salt and a little water (approx. 1/4 cup).
    18. Mix well and our batter for the chana dal pancake is ready!

    How to make chana dal pancake

    1. To make the chana dal pancakes, just before making them, add the fruit salt.
    2. Mix gently. If mixed vigorously, then the air bubbles might escape making dense pancake.
    3. Heat a non-stick greased tava (griddle) and grease it with ¼ tsp of oil.
    4. Pour a little batter on a greased tava (griddle). Spread it evenly to make a 100 mm. (4”) diameter circle.
    5. Cook the bottom side till light brown on a low flame. While cooking if the pancake sticks to the tava (griddle), add 2 tbsp of besan (Bengal gram flour) to the batter and continue cooking.
    6. Flip and cook the other side using ¼ tsp oil, till they turn golden brown in colour. It is important to cook the chana dal pancake on low flame as the dal is coarsely crushed and takes time to cook.
    7. Remove the chana dal pancake in a plate.
    8. Repeat steps  3 to 7 to make 5 more pancakes.
    9. Serve immediately with green chutney. Green Moong Dal and Carrot Mini Pancakes, Buckwheat Pancakes, Sprouts Pancakes are some healthy pancake recipes which you must try for a nutritious breakfast!

    Chana Dal Pancakes – A Healthy Breakfast

    1. Chana Dal Pancakes – A Healthy Breakfast.  High protein chana dal mixed with loads of veggies to make a healthy pancake breakfast which the entire family can enjoy. The choice of veggies can totally be yours though. With 230 calories, 8 g of protein and 6.6 g of fiber from 2 pancakes, this snack is a real health treat. Preferably make use of peanut oil to cook these pancakes, as peanut oil has a better ratio of MUFA (mono unsaturated fatty acid) to PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid), which helps in reducing inflammation in the body and protecting heart as well. Remember to soak well in advance and enjoy it with green chutney.


    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 22 Oct 20 10:58 PM

    it was delicious and my family loved it but can it be frozen? Either the batter or the cooked pancakes.
    Tarla Dalal
    23 Oct 20 10:46 AM
       These cooked pancakes nor the batter cannot be frozen. If you wish you can store the batter in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. In this case, thaw the batter for sometime add the salt just before making the pancakes.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 16 Oct 20 02:43 PM

    If no fenugreek leaves available could substitute with coriander leaf or something else ?
    Tarla Dalal
    16 Oct 20 02:48 PM
       You can substitute fenugreek with chopped spinach or coriander.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 29 Sep 20 03:28 PM

    Thank mam its a really healthy and yummy breakfast I cook to mix green moong daal its taste was delightful.🙏🏻
    Tarla Dalal
    30 Sep 20 09:20 AM
       Thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 13 May 20 07:52 PM

    I loved this recipe I make this recipe to is so delicious 🥰👍👍👌🥞
    Tarla Dalal
    14 May 20 02:10 PM
       Hi, Thank you for the feedback and do try making more recipes and give us your response.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 08 Jul 19 09:31 AM

    Should nit step ni. 3 be step no. 7?
    Tarla Dalal
    08 Jul 19 12:08 PM
       ste[p no 3 has ot be just added before making it is what we mean....
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 29 Apr 19 05:25 PM

    I loved the recipe. I tried with besan instead of soaked channa daal and it was yumm. Thanku for the delicious recipe :)
    Tarla Dalal
    30 Apr 19 08:59 AM
       Hi Crystal, Glad you liked the recipe!Do try out more recipes and keep experimenting.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 23 Apr 19 03:33 PM

    Hi What''s fruit salt? I added the normal salt and the pancakes tasted wow
    Tarla Dalal
    24 Apr 19 09:10 AM
       Hi Chandrika, Fruit salt is a raising agent.It makes the pancakes fluffier and softer.Try adding it to the batter the next time you make it and do share your feedback with us.Happy cooking!!
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 18 Jan 19 04:05 PM

    Superrrr madam... My Mom tried ... Feeling too still More...
    Tarla Dalal
    21 Jan 19 10:07 AM
       Hi Divya, Happy to know you liked this recipe. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 05 Aug 18 06:00 PM

    How long should I soak channa dal
    Tarla Dalal
    06 Aug 18 09:10 AM
       Hi Priya, Soak chana dal for at least 6-8 hours.
    Chana Dal Pancakes
     on 16 Mar 18 02:03 AM

    What is the carb content in my husband is diabetic and Dr has told him not to have carbs(0 carbs) Also the curd has to added to batter or has to be serve with pancake? Pls reply
    Tarla Dalal
    16 Mar 18 02:13 PM
       The carbohydrate content of this recipe is 14.1 gm / pancake. And the curd has to be added at step 3 as mentioned in the procedure.
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