Spinach Moong Dal Cheelas with Veggie Filling

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In this Cheela, instead of using only lentils, i use lentils and spinach. The ratio is 1 cup lentils to 2 cups of spinach. Why? Because lentils are difficult to digest, and unless you’re an athlete or a child in the growing stage, you should eat lentils sparingly.



For the Cheelas

• 1 cup green split moong dal
• 1 teaspoon rock salt
• 1 small green chili, chopped
• 2 cups spinach purée* For the Filling
• 4 carrots, thickly grated
• 4 tomatoes, chopped finely
• ½ cup grated coconut
• ½ cup coriander, chopped
• 1 teaspoon rock salt

Green Chutney https://www.go-green.info/healthy-recipes/green-mango-mint-chutney/

*2 ½ cups of chopped spinach, when blended, gives 2 cups of spinach puree


Soak moong dal in water for about 3 hours.


1. Combine the soaked moong dal, salt and chili in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the spinach puree to the mixture and stir well.
2. Heat a pan (tava), sprinkle a little water on it and wipe it off gently using a muslin cloth. Pour a ladle full of the batter on it and spread it in a circular motion to make a thin circle. Cook on a medium flame till it turns brownish-green in color.
3. To prepare the filling, simply combine the carrots, tomatoes, coconut, coriander,
microgreens and salt. Fill your cheelas with this filling, and serve immediately with
green chutney.



  1. High Protein: Moong dal is a rich source of plant-based protein, essential for muscle repair and growth.
  2. Iron-Rich: Spinach is packed with iron, supporting healthy blood circulation and preventing anemia.
  3. Fiber-Packed: Both moong dal and spinach are high in dietary fiber, aiding digestion and promoting satiety.
  4. Vitamin Boost: Carrots and tomatoes are loaded with vitamins A and C, supporting immune function and vision health.
  5. Healthy Fats: Coconut provides healthy fats that are beneficial for heart health and brain function.
  6. Low-Calorie: Cheelas are relatively low in calories, making them a nutritious option for weight management.
  7. Antioxidants: The combination of colorful vegetables and greens provides antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and inflammation.
  8. Bone Health: Spinach is rich in vitamin K, essential for bone health and calcium absorption.
  9. Quick and Easy: This recipe is simple to prepare and can be made in a short amount of time, perfect for busy weekdays.
  10. Customizable: You can customize the filling with your favorite vegetables or add spices to suit your taste preferences.

Nutritional Value (Per Serving – 2 cheelas with filling):

  • Calories: 220
  • Total Fat: 7g
    • Saturated Fat: 4g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g
    • Dietary Fiber: 8g
    • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 12g

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