Mung Bean Pancakes

22 Aug

I just made The Mung Beans Pancakes recipe last week and loved it right away. Since I try to eat right as much as I can and as my husband is on a detox diet It takes creativity to work with limited spices and foods. His diet restricts beef, pork, night shades veggies, tomatoes, chili, rice and sugar. To save me the extra work of cookingΒ  separately for us both and the kids I decided it was easier to jump on the wagon. I try to πŸ™‚ follow a gluten-free, low-fat and reduced sugar diet which in itself is hard to follow.


Mung Beans Pancakes

I usually cook Moong Beans Dal into a thick dal as I like to use it as aΒ  substitute for my rice cravings. But last couple weeks I have made it and found it tough to get through the pot. So this recipe of mung beans pancakes was a great switch and got a thumbs up from the hub’s.


Overnight soaked Moong Dal or Mung Beans

This pancake recipes uses whole mung beans but you can use the halved or cleaned white beans. I like it ground with the rich dark skin, it makes me feel that its more nutritious πŸ™‚ On my first attempt I just used the spice mix with onions and cilantro. The next time I added ginger and garlic and it made a big difference in flavor. I also add a lot of onions as it keeps the pancake moist. These pancakes can be a bit stiff to make it soft I added baking powder (I do not use baking soda as I had a bad experience once when I used it in a cake). If you soak more than you need then just freeze the remaining soaked mung beans till you need it next time it should hold for a couple of weeks.

This recipe is easy to prepare and so healthy. It works well if you are following the Energize your Life Meal Plan. Has a high protein and fiber content and is vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Serving :Β  9 Pancakes – 6″ size


Ingredients for Mung Beans Pancakes


  • 1 cup mung beans soaked over night will yield approx 2 1/4 cup of mung beans
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of xacuti masala
  • 1 small onion diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 10 sprigs of cilantro chopped fine
  • Salt to taste



  • In a blender add the first 4 ingredients mung beans, ginger, garlic and water and blend it to a smooth mixture.
  • Pour into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients diced onions, baking powder, xacuti masala, cilantro and salt. Mix well.
  • In a hot non-stick pan spray some oil and spoon in about 1/3 a cup. Since it is a thicker batter spread it around the pan and cook covered on medium low heat for 3 minutes on one side. The pancake should look dry. Flip and cook it covered for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Repeat the above step till all pancakes are done.


Enjoy it with ketchup for breakfast. Or with freshly made Pico de gallo for Lunch. My all time favorite is the Creamy Cilantro Dressing from Fresh & Easy.


Moong Bean Pancakes with Creamy Cilantro Dressing



44 Responses to “Mung Bean Pancakes”

  1. Chitra Jagadish August 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Yum yum…

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks Chitra πŸ™‚

  2. Jing August 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    This looks wonderful! I tried soy bean pancake before and will definitely try this one!

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      Thanks Jing :-). I haven’t tried soy pancakes I bet it will be equally good.

  3. Aruna Panangipally August 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    We make something very similar in Andhra Pradesh called Pesara Attu….this will be something different to try while keeping close to the tradition.

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Thanks for Sharing about Pesara Attu, Aruna. I learnt something new. Need to check on the recipe πŸ™‚

      • Aruna Panangipally August 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

        It is on my blog, Nandini

        • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

          Ohhh! That’s awesome will check it out. Thanks Aruna πŸ™‚

  4. DesignsbyJeanneR August 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Sounds yummy and healthy.

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks Jeanne! Surely made me feel I was on track with my food plan πŸ™‚

  5. lizthehippie August 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Looks yummy! I’ve never had mung beans — can you describe their flavor? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks Liz :-). It has a similar texture to garbanzo beans and if you soak it overnight or sprout it (I hope I am right in describing it πŸ™‚ ) then it taste like beans sprout that you get at the stores.

  6. hakanholmkvist August 23, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Reblogged this on C H E F B A B A J O Y and commented:
    had thuse mungbean pancakes in goa and loved them

    • Nandini August 23, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks for the Reblog Chef πŸ™‚

  7. Ayesha Sindhu August 23, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. It’s a nice way for bloggers to get to know each other. Please check the link out on my blog

    • Nandini August 23, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Thank You Ayesha. That is really sweet of you πŸ™‚

      • nulifelivity August 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

        I would like to try these. They looking so good!

        • Nandini August 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

          Thank You! I hope you give it a try πŸ™‚

  8. Corina August 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    These look really good and sound tasty too. I’ve never made these type of pancakes but I do have some mung beans in the cupboard so I will try and have a go. Normally I just sprout the beans and use them in a salad so this would be a nice change for me.

    • Nandini August 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks Corina :-). I hope you do. They are a great change to sprouted beans and are easy to make and very satisfying.

  9. afracooking August 24, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    What a fabulous idea to add spices!! I tend to make my mung beans pancakes as wraps. I use a spatula to spread them as thin as possible and then I serve them with fish with chili and tons of cilantro and some wasabi lime yoghurt. Yum!

    • Nandini August 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Wow Afra! you got my mouth watering. I will try the wrap. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  10. LaVagabonde August 26, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    A very creative idea. I’m addicted to Mung Dal, so I must try the pancakes.

    • Nandini August 26, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      Thank you! I hope you do give it a try πŸ™‚

  11. The Weekend Baker August 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Yummy. They look very healthy. Must give them a go. And with xacuti masala too! Who would have thought! Thanks, Nandini.

    • Nandini August 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Monica! Welcome to my adventures of using a Goan twist to the true classics πŸ™‚

  12. sabineyoga August 28, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    A healthy Indian recipe for ‘live’ food with some crunch. Thank you for the inspiration. I’m soaking the mung beans now …

    • Nandini August 28, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      Sounds like a good plan Constans. I’ll pop by when they are ready to eat πŸ™‚

  13. sugarchaihoneybunch August 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    That looks wonderful!!!

  14. The Nutritious Truth August 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    These look delicious. I just bought a big bag of mung beans for my fav dal recipe so I will try this recipe out too.

    • Nandini August 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank You Melody. I hope you do give it a try. Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  15. hitandrun1964 September 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Hmmmm, interesting.

    • Nandini September 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Hmmm….I know πŸ™‚

  16. Sushi September 2, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    OMG I almost forgot about this recipe. Infact, I never made it for my children. I simply remember my mom making it for our lunchboxes. Delicious! I am soaking some mung beans right now πŸ™‚ Thanks for reminding me.

    • Nandini September 2, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      You are so welcome Sushi. And I am happy it brought back great memories πŸ™‚

  17. Aneela Mirchandani September 4, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Definitely a new take on mung bean pancakes (for me anyway).

    • Nandini September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      That is good to know Aneela πŸ™‚

  18. canaf September 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Sounds interesting. I have never used Mung beans.

    • Nandini September 8, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks! You should try Mung Beans they are very healthy and have high protein πŸ™‚

  19. Quest for the Flame September 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    It’s been years since I’ve cooked mung beans. I should get some and try these. I’ve been experimenting with besan/gram flour pancakes and this looks like something I’d love.

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      I too feel you will enjoy it if you love besan pancakes πŸ™‚


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