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Murg Dal

Food photography and styling of murg dal | Mumbai, India

Ever thought what your left over chicken and dal can do? If mixed well it can create wonders, an awesome comfort food and one of my favorite meal which is packed with protein is Murg Dal, left over dal and chicken dumplings with roti or steamed rice on side is best for those chilly winter days.

Best part.. there is NO OIL! Its entirely a boiled aka steamed food and above all, a delicacy which is lazy and Healthy!

What you need:

  • Mixed dal (you are free to choose some from your list, almost all kind of lentils go with this recipe so be creative.) 100gms

  • Tomato: 1 roughly chopped

  • Green chilly: finely chopped

  • Salt to taste

  • turmeric: half a spoon


  • Minced chicken: 500gms

  • Onion: 1 finely chopped

  • Green chilly: 3 Finely chopped

  • Garlic: 4 Finely chopped

  • Salt to taste

  • Black pepper: a teaspoon

  • turmeric: A pinch

  • Jeera powder: a teaspoon

  • Red chilly powder: Optional

Food photography and styling of murg dal | Mumbai, India


Put your dal (well washed and drained) in a cooker along with filtered water 3 to 4 cups, tomato, green chilly, salt and turmeric and put it on medium flame for 15 to 20 min. Steam it more if you like it really mushy.

Keep it aside to cool down in a bowl.

For chicken Dumplings:

Mix your minced chicken with onion, garlic, green chilly, salt, pepper, turmeric and jeera powder. (in-case you are looking for some spice punch feel free to add red chilly powder.)

Mix the ingredients well and set it aside for 30 mins.

Make some rough balls like dumplings (like those table tennis balls)

In a container boil water and carefully add the dumplings into it (max 4 to 5 at a time, depends on the size of your container), boil the dumplings for the next 5 to 10 mins, and carefully take it out with a strainer and set it aside or add it in your bowl of dal.

Serve it hot with rice and roti/chapati on the side and yeah a zest of lemon juice is a good option.

Food photography and styling of murg dal | Mumbai, India


I really hope you will give it a try, and let me know if you have made any changes to make it more personal.

Cooking is a very personal activity, a clear reflection of what you are and how you balance. I am been living solo since past 15 years and the very skill has kept me alive and awake...

Really looking forward to hear from you..

Thanks for reading..

See you tomorrow!

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