How to make High Protein Dosa – Pesarattu

Pesarattu is a protein rich dosa made by grinding green moong dal along with spices into a batter, the batter is spread on a dosa tawa and cooked like dosa. This high protein dosa is a good & healthy alternate tiffin option. It can be relished by any chutney.

Basically Pesarattu is a crepe made using green moong dal, raw rice batter along with spices. This dish is a specialty from Andhra Cuisine.

What is Pesarattu ?

Pesarattu comes from 2 words Pesara + Attu. ‘Pesara’ is Moong dal or Moong beans and ‘Attu’ means means Dosa. So Pesarattu translates to Moong Dal Dosa. Pesarattu is very easy to make once soaked and grinded, comes handy at times when you don’t have idli / dosa batter in hand. Pesarattu batter needs no fermentation so you can make dosa at once after grinding. Although Batter is grinded usually to idli batter consistency slightly smooth to make crispy dosa. But if you like crunchy texture then you can grind it slightly coarse and make thick soft pesarattu like adai or uttapam.


  • 1 cup green moong dal
  • 2 tbsp raw rice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 nos green chillies
  • 1 inch ginger piece
  • salt to taste
  • water as required
  • a tiny pinch hing optional
  • onion chopped finely


  • To a mixing bowl add 1 cup green moong dal and 2 tbsp raw rice. Pick any stones and discard if any. Soak in water for 6-8 hours. Set aside and keep it covered.
  • Rinse well atleast for 2 times.
  • Now add it mixer along with 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 nos green chillies and 1 inch ginger, required salt. Add little water needed to grind it to a thick batter.
  • Grind it a smooth batter like idli dosa batter consistency.
  • Transfer this to a mixing bowl. Rinse the mixer with little water and add it.
  • Adjust water and make batter pourable.
  • Heat dosa tawa – sprinkle water to check.
  • Pour 2 small laddles of dosa batter and spread. Sprinkle 2 tbsp raw onion(optional), drizzle oil.
  • Slightly press the onion so that it gets stuck to the batter. Cook until it turns golden.
  • Then flip over and cook for few seconds.
  • Now flip over, fold and serve. You can make thick soft dosas too.
  • Pesarattu is ready to be served with Chutney

You can also try our Chinese dosa as well as Palak paneer dosa recipe.

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