Cracked Wheat and Moong Dal Crepes (Dosa without fermentation)

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Cracked Wheat Moong Daal Crepes

My grandmother used to prepare this moong dal dosa with raw rice and it was my favorite. I substitute the rice with either cracked wheat or corn grits and it tastes equally good and is healthy too. Technically this is adai I guess because it uses spices, coconut, lentils and not urad daal. Also the batter does not require fermentation. Since the batter has to be in the consistency of dosa batter, very smooth and thin, it qualifies for dosa. You would be surprised that these dosas doesn’t taste anything like wheat. Nobody can guess it’s made of cracked wheat.


Cracked Wheat & Moong Dal Crepes Recipe

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4 Hrs30 Mins12 Medium Size Dosas.
Cracked Wheat and Moong Dal Crepes (Dosa without fermentation)
5.0 from 1 reviews
These paper thin savory crepes are made with cracked wheat and moong dal and the batter does not need fermentation.
  • 1 cup Cracked Wheat
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor Dal (Red Lentils)
  • 2 and 1 Green And Red Chilies
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • As Per Taste Salt
  1. Soak the cracked wheat in 1 cup water. Soak the daals and chilies together in another bowl with 1 and 1/2 cups water. I used the fine variety of cracked wheat. It had the texture of semolina. If you happen to have only the coarse variety run it in a blender/processor for a couple minutes before soaking. Soak everything for at least 3-4 hours.
  2. Drain the dal in a colander and reserve the water. Blend together the daals and chilies with some of the reserved water until smooth.
  3. Then add the soaked cracked wheat, coconut, ginger, tomato puree. Add water as needed to get a smooth batter.
  4. Transfer the batter to a bowl, add salt and mix well. The batter is ready to make the dosas. No need to ferment it.
  5. Heat a tava. Sprinkle some water to check if the tava is hot enough. Take the batter in a ladle and pour it on the pan and spread it into a thin circle with the back of the ladle.
  6. It takes about 2 minutes for the batter to cook. If you want it crisp you can wait for another minute or until you see a reddish thin crust in the middle. You could either use little oil to top the dosa or use a non stick spray like Pam and spray it lightly in a circular motion on top of the dosa. Using the non stick spray effectively requires some practice. You have to press the nozzle with very light pressure, otherwise there’s going to be an “oil rain” on the dosa. Since the batter is thin, unlike the regular adai batter this one cooks well even without oil. Flip it and cook the other side for another minute.
  7. Turn it over once again and roll it just like shown in the picture or serve it as it is.
My Notes:
  1. You could use 3/4 cup of moong dal itself instead of 1/2 cup moong dal and 1/4 cup masoor daal. I usually do it like that but this time changed it a little bit.
  2. The tomato puree in the batter is optional. I got this idea from another blogger Ashwini. I usually prepare this adai without tomato and that’s good too. But the tomato makes it little tangy and also gives a nice color to the dosa. You could use one small tomato chopped instead of the puree. If adding chopped tomatoes grind it together with the daals itself, otherwise it may not blend properly.
  3. This dosa is good either soft or crispy. If you want it soft take it a minute early.
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  1. Thank you for another wonderful flourless crepe recipe, that uses whole foods! Can a person use another grain besides the cracked wheat in this recipe?

    Thank you!

  2. Great recipe, I thoroughly enjoy and will make again and again! Loved the nutty flavour the cracked wheat gives it.
    I’m on a low fat diet so substituted green onion for the coconut. Just wondering if the nutrition facts are available for this recipe?

    • Thanks Patsy. I don’t have the nutritional info. You should try plugging the recipe in some of the online tools available to get the info.

  3. Hi,
    I made the wheat and moong dal dosa. but its little sticky.So I
    added some rice flour and ragi flour. Dosa turned out ggreat. Taste was
    amazing. Thanks for the recipe

  4. Hi Madhuram,

    i am a beginner in cooking idlis and dosas… how long do I soak the wheat and daal for ?
    Your website is awesome.

    Hi Ruth, I’m sorry I couldn’t get back to you immediately. Soaking the rice for 4-5 hours and urad daal for 1/2 hour is enough for preparing idli batter. For dosa you would be soaking both rice and daal together, so 4-5 hours should be fine.

  5. can the dough be refridgerated for a week?

    I don’t think it will be nice. I’m guessing it will become sour. Usually adai batters are best when used fresh.

  6. Hi,
    Can i use bulgur instead of cracked wheat? I really want to try this recipe as i am looking for healthy recipes. thanks heaps,

    I’m not sure about it Shina. But I think it should work fine, since it also wheat but cooked and dried.

  7. I tried this today but with a slight variation used couscous since I did not have cracked wheat and added one green tomato for a tangy taste.Thanks for posting a healthy version of a dosa.

    Couscous! that’s really an interesting idea Priya.

  8. The taste was amazing. I was able to make it finally – I used toor dal in place of red lentils just because I didn’t have them. Also instead of the tomato paste, I put a whole tomato and blended it together to make a smooth batter. My family loved it and I know that I will be making this again and again. Thank you very much.

    I’m so glad that you tried it and liked it Gita. Thank you for the feedback.

  9. Man, that looks so good. Would love to make it. What can I substitute the red lentils with – ususally I don’t keep it at home.

    Thanks for sharing…

    Gita, you can use moong daal itself or use 1/4 cup of toor daal. My mother tried it with toor daal and she told that it was very good.

  10. Hi Madhu,

    Nice one.. !! I make Pesarattu.. (which is the moong dal raw rice version you mentioned your grandma makes…) I would love to substitute it with wheat.. ! Thanks for sharing..

  11. This is my first time commenting,although have tried different recipes from here.I tried your apple cake and it was awesome…..(I have baked from other blogs but never has come out as good as yours)

    I have tried the Cracked wheat idli,dosa, Zucchini pappu and Zucchini fritters,they came out well.Thanks for your recipes and great work…..

    Thank you very much Shobha for the feedback. I really appreciate it.

  12. Hi Madhu! This photo is very enticing. I also tried this adai yesterday. It was too good. Maha, Shyam, Savi, Chitra told it was very delicious.

    Thanks Amma.

  13. Hi Madhuram. I only learnt about “Adai” from blogs last year. When I tried it at home,.. I loved it. So easy to make. Will definitely give your recipe a go one of these days… (as soon as I find cracked wheat, that is 🙂 )

    Hi Spillay! How are you? You should not be having problems finding cracked wheat. It’s available in the Indian grocery stores.

  14. Madhuram, how healthy and so delicious, too. Love the use of cracked wheat in the dosa, and the fact that the soaking time is just 3-4 hours is wonderful.

    Yes Vaishali, it’s definitely very healthy.

  15. OMG! This is a blessing for me. I was googling this morning for an eggless brownie recipe and happened to visit your site. I’m so glad I decided to check your site. I guess i’m already hooked now.

    Thanks Vandya.

  16. Love the idea of adding cracked wheat/grits to the adais.More nutritious and healthy.
    Thanks for the comment on butter Madhu.I too thought the butter part in the post was a bit confusing.I had clarified it again now.I had used 4 tbsp of butter – 2 tbsp as needed in the recipe and rest 2 tbsp for making the chocolate.I did not have chocolate bars -so I simply replaced chocolate with 1 tbsp butter + 3 tbsp cocoa/cocoa mix to get 1 oz of chocolate.So the total butter was 4 tbsp .If using chocolate itself only 2 tbsp is needed.I have modified the post Thanks again

    Thank you very much for the clarification Sweatha. Hope to post the round up at least tomorrow. Things are quite busy here. How are things there?

  17. Madhu, Anoop was waaayyy better singer than many there. I think 3 of them got sympathy votes. A young single mother, a recent widower and an oil rigger who needs money for the family!! BooHoo! 😛

    First two were talented, I agree.Third one was not good at all. (Plates are from “Indousplaza” website btw.)

  18. HI Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it. What is cracked wheat in any Indian language? I am sure to have it at home, but bought from the Indian store, must have another name 🙂 Thanks.

    Hi Jennifer, some packets will call it cracked wheat or broken wheat itself. Mine has Fada (Kansar) on it, from Deep brand. It’s also called Dalia, Lapsi in Hindi.

  19. I never seems to be able to make dosa/adais like these.
    I do love them, your look so beautifull rolled up like these.

    Thanks HC. This is pretty simple, I’m sure you can make it.


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