Dal Chat Recipe | How to make Dal Chaat | Moradabadi Dal Chat Recipe [Video]

Dal Chaat or Moong Dal Chat is a tasty and nutritious breakfast or snack that is made by topping cooked moong dal (lentils) with fresh vegetables and chutneys. Dal Chaat can be made to suit a vegan and Jain diet.

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Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat

Dal chaat is a homely, hearty, healthy, and delicious dish that is super easy to make. It can be as simple as you like or as fancy as you like. It is made from cooked moong dal and is topped with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and chutneys. It is a mix of textures and flavors. Best of all, it is probably one of the healthiest chats out there. It is also very easy to veganize this recipe.  

What is Dal Chaat?

Chaat is simply a finger licking snack and Dal is cooked lentils, in this case, moong dal or mung bean lentils.

Dal chaat has its origin in Moradabad, a town in Western Uttar Pradesh. It is popularly available sold there on the streets all day long. People have it as a breakfast or a filling meal throughout the day.

Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat

How is Dal Chaat made?

To make dal chaat, you first need to cook the dal. Wash and soak the yellow moong dal for 20-30 minutes. Don't use the "chilka wala moong dal" or the moong dal with skin for this recipe as it will not be as creamy as it is supposed to be. Cook the moong dal until it is completely cooked and mushy. You can either pressure cook it or cook it on a pot on the stovetop. 

While the dal cooks, prep all the other ingredients - chop the onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and ginger. Deseed the pomegranate. And lastly, cube the butter. 

You can buy the green chutney, tamarind chutney and papdi or you can make your own. I will leave the links for the chutneys in the recipe below.

Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat

Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat

Vegan and Jain option

To veganize the dal chaat, skip the butter or use vegan butter or just a few spoonfuls of your favorite extra virgin oil.

To make a Jain friendly dal chaat, skip the onions and ginger. You can instead top it with finely chopped cucumber for additional texture. Also, make sure that the green and tamarind chutney are free of ginger and garlic.

Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat

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Dal Chaat Recipe | Moradabadi Dal Chat | How to make Moong Dal Chat

Moradabadi Dal Chat, moong dal chaat Dal Chaat or Moong Dal Chat is a tasty and nutritious breakfast or snack that is made by topping cooked moong dal (lentils) with fresh vegetables and chutneys. Dal Chaat can be made to suit a vegan and Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     60 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3


1 cup uncooked Moong Dal
50gms of Butter, cubed or 4-6 tsp Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato, finely chopped
3-4 Tbsp Pomegranate seeds
2-3 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
1" Ginger, chopped into matchsticks
8-10 Papdi or any Crackers
0.5 cup Coriander Mint Chutney (green chutney)
0.5 cup sweet and sour Tamarind chutney
Black salt as per taste
Salt to taste
Cumin powder to taste
Chat masala to taste
Lime juice or lemon juice


1. Wash the moong dal twice and soak the dal and keep aside for 20-30 mins.
2. After 30 minutes, pressure cook the dal with 2 cups of water or in a pot on the stovetop until the dal is completely cooked and soft.
3. Prep all the other ingredients while the dal cooks.
4. Once the dal is cooked, lightly mash the dal with the back of a spoon.
5. To assemble the dal chat, add a few cubes of butter to the plate and spoon over warm dal. If making a vegan version, you can replace the butter with vegan butter or replace with your favorite extra virgin oil.
6. Sprinkle black salt, cumin powder, chat masala and regular salt (optional).
7. Add some more butter or oil.
8. Spoon over the green chutney and the tamarind chutney.
9. Top with chopped onion, tomato, coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
10. Lightly crush a few papdi or crispy crackers and add to the chat.
11. Squeeze some lime juice and serve warm-hot.

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