Green Mung dal and Barley Dosa ~ Barley Pesarattu

Barley Pesarattu

Pesarattu is a south Indian breakfast made with green whole mung dal and served with sweet ginger chutney. Peasarattu with upma is also a very good combination. To make pesarattu crispy, we usually add table spoon of rice, but in this recipe I replaced rice with one of my favorite whole grain barley to make it a healthy meal. You will get the same texture and better taste with barley as you get with rice.Replacing whole mung dal with sprouted mung dal increases the protein content. 

Few of my readers requested me to provide information where they can buy these whole grain foods, which I mention in my recipes. Depending on cost and availability I usually buy in Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco or


  1. Green Whole Mung Dal – 1 Cup (Sprouted Mung dal – 3 Cups)
  2. Hulled Barley – ½ Cup (Pearl barley works too)
  3. Green chillies – 4
  4. Ginger – 1″ inch
  5. Salt – To taste
  6. Oil – To spray
  7. Water- As needed
  8. Chopped Onions- 1 Cup (optional)


  • Wash and soak mung dal and barley for 8 hours or over night. If using sprouts, soak barley alone for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Grind mung dal, barley, green chillies and ginger with enough water until batter is smooth. Mix salt to taste.
  • Heat non-stick dosa pan on medium-high heat. Once the pan is heated pour laddle full of batter on pan and spread the batter in circles like dosa with the back of the spoon.
  • Spray little oil around the edges of  pesarattu. Sprinkle some of the onions (optional step). When the pesarattu is little brown, turn other side and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Remove from pan and serve warm with your desired chutney.

Barley Pesarattu

For the first time, I am sending my recipe to one of the blog events cooking with seeds which is started by Priya.

2 Responses to Green Mung dal and Barley Dosa ~ Barley Pesarattu

  1. roshni says:

    Perfect pesarattu.. will try it… thanks for sharing and linking to my event…

  2. Keerthi says:

    I tried this pesarattu last week end. I am amazed to see how crispy they are. Infact they are far better than with traditional recipe. U hardly find any difference in taste, yet a very high fiber food. Thanks for this recipe!!!.

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