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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2 Responses

  1. Sunanda guha
    Nice recipe I love it and I wll surely try it in my kitchen. I love ur innovation with dal.

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