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Muradabadi Dal Chaat – Indian Street Food

This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

It’s based on a classic yellow dal that is minimally flavored with turmeric and salt. It’s a quick recipe to make either in a pressure cooker or an Instant pot. The toppings are a lovely array of fresh vegetables like radish, onion, and tomatoes, papdi, and spices like a homemade Muradabadi dal masala. They make for a great crunchy texture that’s balanced with the smooth dal, giving it a really interesting mouth-feel. The addition of that homemade spice mix adds a deep, umami component that brings the flavor full circle and really completes the dish.

Try this Muradabadi dal as an appetizer or snack or a main course (served with naan or kulcha bread) and enjoy the delicious flavor with the lovely mix of creamy and crunchy textures. There’s acidity from the vegetables, crunchiness from the papdi, and a rich feeling from the dal, that creates a dish that’s perfect stay warm this fall and winter season!

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This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

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This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.
Muradabadi Dal Chaat - Indian Street Food
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

Course: Appetizer, Chaat, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: healthy, lentils, streetfood
Servings: 8
Calories: 139 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
Muradabadi Dal:
Toppings:
  • 1 tbsp ginger , julienned
  • 2 tbsp green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onions , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup radish , grated
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups Indian papdi crackers , or other crackers or tortilla chips
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp mint-garlic cilantro chutney
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • boondi (chickpea flour droplets)
  • dry garlic chutney , store-bought (optional)
  • 2 tbsp muradabadi dal masala
Muradabadi Dal Masala:
Mint-Garlic Cilantro Chutney:
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 tbsp green chilies , or cayenne to taste
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • water , as needed
Instructions
Muradabadi Dal:
  1. Rinse and soak the yellow moong dal in the water for at least an hour and discard the water once ready. Add the dal into a pressure cooker and add double the amount of water that there is dal.

  2. Add salt, turmeric, and ghee and put the lid on. Let it cook on medium heat until one whistle and then lower the gas and let it cook for one more whistle. Let it release naturally and open the lid. Whisk the dal to mash any lentils that might still be whole. The dal is ready!
  3. If you want to use Instant Pot, then in step 1, pressure cook the soaked dal with the same amount of water on high for 5 minutes with natural release.

Muradabadi Dal Masala:
  1. Lightly roast and grind all the ingredients using a mortar and pestle, or a grinder.

Mint-Garlic Cilantro Chutney:
  1. Coarsely grind all the chutney ingredients and adjust seasoning when done.

Assemble the Chaat:
  1. When it’s time to serve the dish, heat the dal to a boil. In a serving bowl, crush papdi and ladle in the warmer dal. Add a little bit of every topping on top and the dish is ready to serve! Butter and muradabadi dal masala are key ingredients so definitely don’t skimp on them!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • The dal is best served in individual bowls and piping hot if it’s an appetizer
  • It can also be a main course dish, if you serve it with naan or kulcha. Just omit the papdi because there will likely be another source of crunch!
  • Butter and muradabadi dal masala are key ingredients, so definitely don’t skimp on them!
Nutrition Facts
Muradabadi Dal Chaat - Indian Street Food
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 372IU7%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Muradabadi Dal Chaat, a famous Indian street food, features healthy protein packed yellow moong dal lentils topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. It’s a decadent, yet delightfully simple dish that is sure to warm you up as the weather starts to become cooler.

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