Salad for dinner? Try this low-calorie moong dal chilla instead

Tired of eating boiled vegetables and salad for dinner? Don’t worry! If weight loss or staying fit is on your mind, then try this delectable moong daal chilla.
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There are many healthy recipes of moong dal! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 25 Nov 2019, 17:51 pm IST
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Boiled veggies and dal for dinner? Not again! 

We all know that there are almost ZERO options when it comes to dinner on a diet!

If you too are tired of eating bland dal over and over again, then it’s time for a rejig. Let’s leave the old school ways of keeping yourself fit behind and welcome innovative recipes. After all, dieting doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! 

Eating healthy doesn't mean sacrificing taste.
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So ladies, make some noise for whole moong dal chilla!

Drooling already? It’s time for a cook off! 

250 gms whole moong dal or green gram, soaked overnight
1 onion, onion
Green chillies (as per taste)
3-4 garlic cloves
1 small bud of ginger
10-15 coriander stems
Salt & pepper to taste
Ghee to grease the pan
Juice of one lemon
1 tbsp flax seeds
Water (as required)


  1. Put the soaked dal, chillies, ginger, garlic, and coriander in a mixer. Add a little water and make a coarse paste. Note: Keep a check on the consistency of the paste and add water bit by bit.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add salt, pepper, flax seeds, chopped onion, and lemon juice. Now whisk it well.
  3. Heat a pan on medium heat and grease it with ghee. Once hot, spread the batter evenly. After two minutes, flip the chilla, and cook it on the other side.
  4. Once cooked on both sides (the chilla should be golden and crisp), remove it from the pan and enjoy.

Here’s how you can relish the chilla
Pair it with a bowl of curd or dip it in some mint chutney to enjoy its desi taste to the fullest. Better yet, try this chilla with a cup of steaming hot adrak chai.

But why ghee? Won’t it make me fat?
For starters, ghee is much healthier to cook with than most “healthy” oils, especially olive oil? That’s because the more you heat olive oil, the more you run the risk of it turning into trans fat. This doesn’t happen with ghee, because its smoking point is quite high.

Now let’s meet the star of this recipe: moong dal!
Firstly, if dieting and weight loss are on your mind then whole moong dal is your best bud. Why? Because it is low on carbs and high in protein. 

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Also, other nutrients like manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc, and various B vitamins are also there to provide wholesome nourishment. Not to mention, flax seeds add omega 3 to the mix.  

So, no more skipping dinner when you have this enriching and nourishing recipe that’s great in taste and low on calories.    

This moong dal chilla is as healthy as it is tasty
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