Posted by: yannaungoak | May 28, 2009

Dhal with Chicken

The second dish for the night was dhal with chicken (the first was the pork stew). I got the recipe from an Indian recipe site, but it’s very similar to Burmese style dhal. In Myanmar, there’s a whole spectrum of styles for dhal from the very Burmese (meaning minimal spices and very watery) to the very Indian (which means a whole host of spices and very thick). This particular recipe probably falls more towards the “very Indian” end.

The ingredients are not that hard to find in a big American supermarket, you can definitely make some compromises on the spices though, and add and subtract to your heart’s desire. I was making it for a bunch of Americans so I toned the spiciness down but you can feel free to go crazy.


  1. Chicken, meat + bones  (1-1.5 lbs)
  2. Yellow split peas (1 cup)
  3. Onions (2 medium)
  4. Ginger (1/2 inch)
  5. Garlic (2 cloves)
  6. Mustard seeds (1 tsp)
  7. Chili Peppers (2 medium), you can use any type of chillies you want, depending on how spicy you want the dhal to be
  8. Chili powder (2-3 tsp)
  9. Coriander powder (1 tsp)
  10. Masala (1-2 tbsp)
  11. Turmeric (1 tsp)
  12. Tomatoes (2-3 medium)
  13. Potatoes (2-3 medium)
  14. Salt (to taste)
  15. Sugar (to taste)
  16. Oil (2 tbsp)


  1. Soak split peas for at least 2 hours (I soaked them overnight)
  2. Chop the chicken into small pieces (I used thighs and chopped each into three pieces)
  3. Boil the split peas in a pot with low heat
  4. While the split peas are boiling, saute the onions, chillies (both finely chopped) and chili powder in another pot until the onions are soft and brownish
  5. Add the turmeric, masala, ginger, coriander powder, garlic, and mustard seeds to the saute and mix them all up
  6. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and sugar to the mix and cook the tomatoes until they are soft
  7. Add the chicken and cook for 8 to 10 minutes
  8. Add the split peas (together with the water you’re boiling them in) and potatoes and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft

Well, that was dinner for tonight. Everyone seemed to like it, although I would have preferred the dhal to be spicier. Tomorrow we head up to Buffalo to get some real authentic Buffalo wings 😀 !!! I can’t wait!



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