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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

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
Custom Category Appetizers, Chaat (Indian Street Food)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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.