Pesarattu or Pesara attu means….. Moong beans (green gram) dosa. But, unlike regular dosa, it does not contain urad daal. Pesarattu is popularly eaten in Andhra Pradesh for breakfast and served with ginger chutney.
I have added a twist to it and converted the pesarattu into a healthy pizza and a wrap using nutritious vegetables and some paneer and some oats. The original taste of pesarattu complements these innovative dishes very well.
A healthy dosa converted into a still healthier snack/breakfast …… The Pesarattu Pizza/Wrap.
For Pesarattu Pizza base –
1/2 cup Whole moong beans
1/4 cup Raw rice grains
1/4 cup oats
4-5 Fenugreek seeds
2 Green chillies
1piece 1inch Ginger
1/4 cup Fresh corriander
Homemade ghee for making the pesarattu, salt to taste.
For the nutritious topping :
1/2 Medium yellow bell pepper
1/2 Medium red bell pepper
1/2 Medium green bell pepper
1 Medium onion
1/2 cup Tomato ketchup
1/4 cup Red chilli sauce or as per taste
2 Tbs Fresh coriander
Mixed herbs /Oregano, salt to taste
Pizza cheese, Cheddar cheese, Mozzarella cheese or any other as per preference
1. For the pesarattu, the first thing that needs to be done is soaking the moong beans and raw rice separately in enough water for about 6-7 hours. The fenugreek seeds should be soaked with the raw rice .
2. While grinding, wash the Moong beans and rice thoroughly and drain.
3. First dry grind the oats to a powder. Grind together the moong, green chillies and ginger using sufficient water to get a fine paste. Grind the rice grains and fenugreek seeds in the same manner.
4. Mix together the oats powder and the two batters adding salt to taste. Adjust consistency of batter like that of dosa batter.
5. Add chopped fresh coriander to this batter.
6. To make the topping…. Start with finely chopping the vegetables. Crush the paneer coarsely with fingers.
7. Grate cheese as per requirement.In a bowl mix together the chopped vegetables, paneer, corriander, salt and mixed herbs.
8. In another bowl mix together both the sauces.
9. Heat a pancake pan and grease with homemade ghee.
10. Spread the batter over each hollow, smear little ghee on top and cover and cook.
11. Other option is to use a normal griddle and spread batter in a way to get small pancakes.
12. When one side is done, flip over and cook on the other side till crisp. Remove the batch of pancakes on a plate with the first cooked side at the bottom.
13. Apply 1 Tbs of sauce on each of them and spread about 2 heaped Tsp of mix vegetable mixture on each. Grate cheese on top and transfer again to the pan to cook on low heat till cheese melts.
14. For the wrap (better option for tiffins) spread the pesarattu batter on a hot greased griddle, as you would a dosa.
15. When cooked on one side, flip and cook on other side till done. Now flip again, apply the sauce on the entire dosa and spread the topping mixture in the centre.
16. Grate some cheese on top.
17. Immediately roll dosa from both sides covering the filling to make a wrap.
For both the pizza and the wrap, the pesarattu should be made a little thick and not too thin like a paper dosa! Instead of using just soaked Moong beans, you can even use sprouted Moong to increase the nutrional value.
Enjoy these healthy pizzas or wraps for breakfast, lunch or even dinner!
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