Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram


When I was thinking what to prepare for breakfast next day, I saw a fresh pack of whole moong bean in the kitchen. Usually I do pesaruttu with whole moong bean for breakfast. Thought of doing something else this time, and my Tamilian roots thought about paniyaram. Previously I did Adai paniyaram with lentils and rice, this time wanted to skip rice.

Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Breakfast


Whole Green Moong bean/Mung Bean –  1 cup

Toor dal – 1/4 cup

Channa dal – 2 tbsp

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Green Chilli – 1

Ginger – 1/4 tsp

Hing – a generous pinch

Oil – 2 tbsp

salt as needed



  • Soak the three lentils together for about 4 hours (I soaked in warm water)
  • Drain the water, and Grind into a coarse paste, along with green chillies, cumin seeds and ginger, by adding water
  • Mix with onion, hing and salt. If required add some more water for the batter


  • Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a little oil to each hole. Spoon the batter into the pan


  • After one side is cooked well, turn the paniyaram and cook the other side. Serve with any chutney




My Notes:

  • Instead of oil you can even use cooking spray
  • If you do not have kuzhi paniyaram pan, you can deep fry them in oil or make dosage
  • You can add any veggies of your choice
  • Instead of green mong bean, yellow moong dal can also be used




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75 thoughts on “Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram

  1. Shobana vijay March 9, 2015 at 10:58 PM Reply

    Three lentils interesting healthy paniyaram.Will surely make a trial for my kids

  2. […] experiments with traditional recipes to give them different forms. Take the recipe for Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram she posted recently. It is Pesarattu in a different form. For all her experimenting, Vidya is also […]

  3. Rani Vijoo February 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM Reply

    Healthy and yummy paniyaarams.

  4. Anjum February 1, 2015 at 7:38 AM Reply

    Healthy balls for.breakfast ……

  5. Anjum February 1, 2015 at 7:36 AM Reply

    Just awsome .Forget to prepare chapati nd sabzi for breakfast now only ur dish became my families all time fav.

  6. Sundari January 31, 2015 at 9:36 AM Reply

    Wow!! super healthy and inviting!!

  7. gypsyinjeans December 27, 2014 at 4:08 AM Reply

    Woooowwww! I am preparing this. Cool food pictures too..:-)

  8. Shobha September 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM Reply

    Nice recipe .. will make them.

  9. rani kalra September 18, 2014 at 12:08 AM Reply

    Great idea! Definitely try

  10. rani kalra September 18, 2014 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Great idea! Definitely try.

  11. cpriya78 September 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM Reply

    Looks do good dear!

  12. LR July 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM Reply

    yummy, did you cover with lid while cooking paniyarams?

  13. Gayathri July 22, 2014 at 11:52 PM Reply

    Healthy and yummy paniyaram.

  14. aishasoasis July 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM Reply

    Looks delish! ♥♥♥ ;^)

  15. Amanda July 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM Reply

    What a great recipe. I have a lot of moong beans now after discovering how much I love them and this is a great way to use them, especially with the ginger. Yum! Thank you.

  16. The Gastronomic Bong July 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM Reply

    Wow! Vidya these look so delicious.. 🙂

  17. smithakal July 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM Reply

    wow they good vidya..very healthy as well

  18. Thalia @ butter and brioche July 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM Reply

    what an interesting dish.. ive never heard of this before. they look so cute! definitely something i need to try!

  19. cafegarima July 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM Reply

    I meant paniyarams of course..sad typing skills 😦

  20. cafegarima July 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM Reply

    Wow! These look good Vidya..haven’t tried this version of Paniyaram’s yet. On my list now 🙂

  21. food passion and love July 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM Reply

    Vidya,this looks soo goood!!I bet they tasted great too!

  22. Lily July 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM Reply

    I didn’t realize moong bean is used in Indian cuisine also, I have only seen it in Chinese desserts, thanks for sharing

  23. Martina July 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM Reply

    They look really appealing! Thanks for sharing

  24. Lori July 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM Reply

    These look great Vidya! And sound do tasty!

  25. Irene July 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM Reply

    Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for the follow. 🙂

  26. Monica July 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM Reply

    This is so interesting…I love how these puff up and look so soft! They sound really flavorful by themselves but I’m sure it’s delicious with chutney.

  27. cheri July 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM Reply

    This looks very good, have never had mung beans before, see them in the bulk food section ever where. Thanks for the recipe.

  28. apsara July 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM Reply

    Yum, yum, looks delish! I make pesarattu with whole moong too. This is an awesome idea!

  29. Chitra Jagadish July 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM Reply

    Paniyaram using green moong batter sounds interesting vidya…..I don’t have Paniyaram pan … ..Both me and hubby love this….your paniyarams are making me drooooool. …would have been lucky if there was any quick parcel service? 😉

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM Reply

      Thanks Chitra:) I wish I can send you:) you can prepare dosa with this batter or bake and try muffins:)

  30. Treat and Trick July 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM Reply

    Healthy combo, they turned out great!

  31. Shruti July 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM Reply

    Anything in veg protein works for me 🙂 and this one is a keeper… My all time favorite!!! Look at them… so cute ♥

  32. acbistro July 19, 2014 at 7:38 AM Reply

    Superb idea !!! ❤

  33. sarahjmir July 19, 2014 at 6:26 AM Reply

    another yummy post!

  34. skd July 19, 2014 at 5:58 AM Reply

    They look so fluffy and tasty Vidya 🙂

  35. Charanya July 19, 2014 at 3:49 AM Reply

    I am thinking about getting a cake pop maker instead of paniyaram pan. My hot plate doesn’t go well with it-You and Malar are both pro in South Indian food. I so want to cook like you guys 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 20, 2014 at 1:57 PM Reply

      Cake pop maker that sounds interesting Charanya:) yes Malar is innovative. Charanya you always amuze me with great recipes. Learning a lot from you guys

      • Charanya July 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM


  36. Malar July 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM Reply

    That’s a cool idea , wanna grab some 😉

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