Time required: 20 minutes
Yield: 10 pesarettus/pancakes
1.5 cups of whole moong dal
1/2 cup of raw masoori/andhra ponni rice
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
2 green chillies
2 dried red chillies
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida/hing/perungaayam
1 strand of fresh curry leaves
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon of oil per pancake for roasting
Soak the whole moong dal and rice together overnight in hot water. Hot water speeds up the softening process.
Best enjoyed with hot tomato and onion chutney, or as the Andhra folk love it, with rava upma!
Having said that, it triggered my memory to a song that I've always appreciated for the powerful lyrics. This beauty is from the movie Nenjil Oru Aalayam, and the song was written by Kannadhasan -
"Ninaippadhellaam nadandhuvittaal, Deivam yedhum illai,
Nadandhadhaiyae ninaiththirundhaal, amaidhi enrumillai.
Mudindha kadhai thodarvadhillai, Iraivan aettinilae,
Thodarndha kadhai mudivadhillai, manidhan veettinilae..."