Moong-Dal Chilla Recipe for Babies (12 months+)

Moong-Dal Chilla Recipe for Babies (12 months+)

I started giving my daughter cheelaa once she turned 1yr old. I know many moms start way earlier but i was kinda neurotic about her not having teeth (she cut her 1st tooth late) and choking hazards.. i started off with Besan (gram flour) chillas and then Moong dal chilla and both are a huge hit. So thought to share the recipe of this super simple breakfast or snack for your toddler.


  • 1 small bowl of yellow moong dal (without the skin)
  • 1tsp besan
  • 1/2tsp Jeera powder
  • 1/2tsp Coriander powder
  • 2tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • A pinch of turmeric (haldi)
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee/ Butter to cook


dosa recipe for kids


Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 10mins


1. Soak the moong dal for 1-2hrs
2. Blend the soaked dal in the mixee along with the powders until the paste becomes really smooth. You can add water to adjust the consistency but don’t add too much. The batter needs to be of the same consistency as Dosa batter.
3. Add the onion and chopped coriander leaves along with salt to this batter.
4. Grease and heat a non-stick pan on a medium flame. You can use butter or ghee to grease the utensil. You may opt to use regular oil too if you have introduced this to your kid already.
5. Once heated, pour the mixture onto the pan and spread with a spoon. If you havent added onions then the batter would spread like a dosa itself.
6. Dribble some butter/ghee/oil on the surface and flip the pancake in about 1min
7. Keep it on the flame till done and flip it over onto your plate
8. Voila! Your moong dal chilla is ready to be served. It can be served with ketchup or any chutney of your choice. My daughter likes to eat it plain.


mung bean dosa for 1 year old

Some additional points to remember
1. You can use a stencil to make shapes to make these more interesting for your kid. I either use stencils or make tiny round ones like my mom used to make for me. It makes is fun and more exciting for kids.
2. You can add some urad dal for a diff taste too.
3. If your kid prefers sweeter tastes then u can puree half a tomato ans add it to the batter.


12months babies  dosa recipe

Do try this out ladies. My daughter loves it and hope your kids like it too!

Do you have more moong-dal recipes for babies to share?

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  1. Ritika Basotia Duggal says:

    even a big big kid like me loves to eat chilla…. and a star shaped chilla is a new attraction ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hahah..same here..i love cheelas and making this today for my girl

    • Haha! I guess d more creative it luks d better fr kiddos..esp for one as finicky as mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

      N it goes widout saying..wot she leaves goes in2 my tummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I really liked the star stencil…need to buy them

  3. hey zara can this stencil be ordered online? I haven’t found it in the local stores in my place ๐Ÿ™

    • Its available on hopscotch ..there are many varieties

      • yay I found them ๐Ÿ˜€ I should remember to check the kitchen sections of Hopscotch more often. they always have such amazing stuffs ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank u thank u ๐Ÿ™‚ I love cheelas myself going to practice making it in different shapes from now itself (thanks for the idea Zara I didn’t know we could give cheelas to babies)

    • Yeps..i got a aet f 2 from shaped n flower shaped…wana get more !

  4. yup! ordering more right now wwww

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