Friday, April 04, 2008

Pesarattu with Upma and Coconut Chutney

Pesarattu with upma and coconut or ginger chutney is a hearty Andhra breakfast, which could very well be a brunch to be enjoyed on a weekend. Pesarattu, made with whole green gram, is high in protein, upma gives the carbs, thus balances the meal. Pesarattu, upma and chutney is the combination which is popular in Andhra.

Ingredients to make pesarattu

1 cup - Whole green gram dal / Whole moong dal
1 to 2 - Green chili
1 '' piece - Ginger
Salt to taste

To garnish

Little finely chopped onion
Little green chili, finely chopped
Little coriander leaves, finely chopped
Little jeera
Ghee or butter


1 ) Wash and soak green gram dal overnight. Grind dal with green chili and ginger to a fine paste with little water. Batter should not be too thick nor too thin. Add salt to taste and stir in.

2 ) Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot enough, add a little amount of the batter and spread into thin round.

3 ) Drizzle some ghee around the edges and some on the pesarattu. Sprinkle little, jeera, onion, green chili and coriander leaves on the top.

4 ) Once the edges have cooked to a light brown, flip to the other side and press down with flat spatula to press down the sprinkled ingredients to stick to the pesarattu. Flip back and take off the pan to a plate. Cook rest of the batter in the same manner.

Now Pesarattu can be served with just the chutney. But when you want to have a elaborate breakfast, it is served with upma. Upma is made with rawa that is not roasted and the cooked upma is not too dry.

Ingredients for making Upma

1 cup - Rawa / fine Sooji
3 cups water
Salt to taste

To season

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 tsp - Urad dal
1 tsp - Chana dal
1/4 tsp - Jeera
5 to 6 big - Shallot, finely chopped
1/2'' piece - Ginger, finely chopped
2 - Green chili, finely chopped
1 sprig - Curry leaves


1 ) Heat oil in a saucepan, add mustard and pop it. Add urad dal, chana dal, jeera and fry on till dals are lightly browned. Add shallot, green chili, ginger and curry leaves and fry till the ingredients a fried lightly.

2 ) Pour 3 cups water, 2 to 3 tsp ghee, salt to taste and bring to a good boil. Lower heat, pour in rawa and as you are pouring in rawa, stir continuously. Water will be sucked up by rawa, then close with a tight lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Open and stir well. Close with lid and as the upma cools down will be all set to serve.

Place some upma along with pesarattu while serving with chutney.

This recipe is for a small quantity of coconut chutney

To make Coconut Chutney

1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
1 tbsp - Chana dal
2 - Green chili
1 to 2 pinches - Seedless tamarind
1/4 tsp - Jeera
Salt to taste

To Season

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaves


1 ) Fry green chili and chana dal in little oil, lightly. Cool and grind along with coconut, tamarind jeera to a smooth paste with little water. Add salt to taste.

2 ) Season with mustard and curry leaves. Heat oil in pan, add mustard and curry leaves. Pour the seasoning on chutney and mix in.

Serve Pesarattu with upma and coconut or ginger chutney.

"Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons" is very enthusiastic about different varieties of dosa's and is hosting a Dosa Mela. I am making my contribution with pesarattu to this event.

Other Andhra recipes -

Undrallu and Ginger chutney
Green chili chutney
Brinjal chutney
Peanut chutney


Nags said...

pesarattu has been a staple in hyderabad :)

Srivalli said...

Pravs, thats looks good..pesarattu is quite common at our place..though we dont' always make the upma along! can send this to my Dosa mela...

sunita said...

That looks yum :-)

ANJALI J. said...

nice recipes..! picture looks tempting

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

have seen this combo in quite a few blogs.. but never tried it. I've had pesarattu and upma separately but not together!! Going by its popularity, it sure tatstes gr8!

Seema said...

Wow! This is ultimate Breakfast!! In Tirupathi side it seems they call it MLA pessarattu - why MLA - i am still trying to find out :-)
Anyone knows answer????

Rina said...

Love this combo Pravs...My mom used to make this...I cook them seperately at different times.

You inspire me to try them together..thanx...lovely post

Padmaja said...

Pravs!! One of my fav dosas!! I use moong dal sprouts. Nothing can beat this combo right!!

Uma said...

what a coincidence? Yesterday only I have posted the recipe of pesarattu. Yours looks healthy and delicious.

srikar's kitchen said...

looks yummy... graet click...

Jayashree said...

That first pic is really good....I like pesarattu and upma separately...together, it is just a bit too heavy for me...

Pravs said...

Nags : So must have had pesarattu to your hearts content then :)

Srivalli : Thanks :) Yes, you can just have pesarattu with chutney....this is grand style breakfast :)

Sunita : Thanks :)

Anjali : Thanks :) do try.

Ramya : Sure you can have them individually or this grand way. This combo breakfast will be very heavy. Ideal for a weekend brunch :)

Seema : Oh is it ? i like to know why it is called so too :)

Rina : Oh thats nice to hear :) making all together does take a bit longer time...but in the end you have good meal.

Padmaja : Yes, it a yummy combo :)
With sprouts will be even more better.

Uma : Thanks : will check out yours :)

Srikar : Thanks :D

sandhya said...

nice recipes... never tried making pesarattu at home... will try this combo sometime...

Madhavi said...

Hi, first time here. very nice recipe, looks yumm!!

plz do visit @

Pooja said...

lovley entry for Dosa mela. I am wager to see the round up when she publish .

Cham said...

Beautiful looking pesarattu and the combo looks awesome

Anonymous said...

Pesarattu sounds good and healthy too...will sure try it out along with that chutney. For the first time, honestly, picture didn't impress me but when I read the ingredients and details, recipe sounded great. I'll definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


easycrafts said...

I love pesaratu, but never make upma alongside ...

Homecooked said...

Wow...this looks delicious.Seems to be a delicious,filling way to start the day :)

Kalai said...

I so have to try this out sometime soon. Looks really delicious, Pravs! :)

Pecos Blue said...

Sounds yummy

Saswati said...

Making pesrattu with Upma is new to me but gr8 combo pravs....nice pic

Mallugirl said...

is that a steel plate that u took the photo on? looks great.

Pravs said...

Jayashree : do try separately. Don't have to make pesarattu and upma for one meal. I have given a combo that goes together.

Sandhya,pooja,cham, kalai, pecos blue : Thanks :) do try.

Madhavi : welcome ! do try if you like this recipe.

Rg : Sorry to disappoint you :(
Yes pesarattu is really healthy and with upma makes a heavy meal.

Easycrafts : Give it a try one day :)

Homecooked : Yes it is very filling. do try sometime :)

Saswati : Thanks :D

Mallugirl : Yes it is steel plate :)

Andhra Recipes said...

Upma and pesarattu and Coconut Chutney Great Combination and yammy tasted recipe........
Thanks for share.....

Andhra Recipes said...

Upma and pesarattu and Coconut Chutney Great Combination and yammy tasted recipe........
Thanks for share.....

Andhra Recipes said...

Upma and pesarattu and Coconut Chutney Great Combination and yammy tasted recipe........
Thanks for share.....