Pesto Moong Dal Appe

Bored of the traditional Moong dal vade, I wanted to mix in a fun ingredient to give a boost of flavor. Looked in my fridge and saw Pesto, and thought why not try a fusion of Indian and Italian!


So I mixed in the Pesto to the batter and it gave it such a nice Green color! I was skeptical at first as to how it would taste!


Turned out so much better than my expectations! I put 1 tbsp to begin with, though on hind sight, I could have added more, because I love Pesto in everything, sandwiches, salads, pastas and just on toasted bread!


Enjoy the fusion appetizer and wow your family and friends with a new avatar of moong dal pakore/vade!






Yields About 12-14

Pesto Moong Dal Appe
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  • 1/2 cup Moong dal(yellow), washed and soaked overnight
  • 1/2 inch ginger and 2 Green Chilies for grinding with dal
  • 1-2 tbsp Pesto(depending on your preference)
  • 1 Green chili chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped Cilantro/Coriander/dhaniya
  • 2 tbsp chopped onions
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp Lemon/Lime juice
  • salt as needed
  • Eno/Fruit salt-slightly less than 1/4 tsp


  1. Grind Dal with Ginger and Green chili
  2. Heat up Appe pan and add drops of oil in each cavity
  3. Mix all ingredients.
  4. Put dropfuls in Appe pan, cover and cook on medium.
  5. Flip, put little ghee/oil on other side and continue to cook.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Party Appetizer, Snacks, Breakfast


If you are unsure of the taste of Pesto, start with less and adjust according to preference.


Here is the step by step pictorial recipe-

Grind washed and soaked dal with ginger and Green chilie




Put everything together


Mix well, add Eno just before adding to pan


Put spoonfuls in Appe pan


Cover and cook on Medium


Flip and cook both sides till golden



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20 Responses

  1. Sunanda guha
    Nice recipe I love it and I wll surely try it in my kitchen. I love ur innovation with dal.
  2. Yummy appe and so healthy too.
  3. Lovely recipe, healthy and yummy 😋 👌🏻
  4. I just thought this was like Pesarattu Appe. Loved the idea.
  5. Wow tats different recipe 😊yum
  6. Afroz Shaikh
    I just love the fusion of pesto and moong dal vada.. and the use of appe pan takes it to another level..
    • Aanchal Gupta
      Thanks Afroz. I love the fact that you get protein,flavor and an almost fat free appetizer with these appe.
  7. Aish Das-Padihari
    I have an appe pan but I have not tried much with this. I should give it a try.
    • Aanchal Gupta
      You will love cooking in the appe pan. I am a huge fan of the appe pan.
  8. I'hv neve tried pesto in appe Anchal. I would love to try.
    • Aanchal Gupta
      Its a fusion dish that I wanted to try,loved the Italian and Indian flavors. Do try and share your feedback.
  9. Loved the refreshing fusion Appe you have created!! I am a big Appe pan fan ;)
    • Aanchal Gupta
      Thanks Soniya, love fusion recipes and absolutely love my appe pan.
  10. Interesting recipe, looks delicious and healthy!

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