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Dhansak Recipe

Dhansak is a delicious and popular Parsi dish. You can make with chicken or lamb. It goes best with steamed rice and kachumbar salad. You can also make vegetarian dhansak recipe. Dhansak is made from meat, lentils and flavored with spice.


Mixed lentils aurher, masoor, urad and moong (1/4 cup each) 1 cup
Chicken   500 gms
Turmeric powder    1 tsp

Spice powder:Dhansak 1

Cinnamon sticks 2
Green and black cardamom 1 tablespoon
Black peppercorn 1 tablespoon
Whole cloves 2 teaspoons
Bay leaf 2
Star anise 2
Fenugreek seeds ½ teaspoon
Fennel seeds     1 teaspoon
Nutmeg powder i pinch
Coriander seeds     1 tablespoondhansak
Cumin seeds     1 teaspoon
Shah Jeera     1½ teaspoon
Mustard seeds     1 teaspoon
Till seeds      1 teaspoon (optional)

For tadka:

Chopped tomatoes 100 gm
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp (or 1 tbsp butter)
Fresh coriander, chopped
Salt, to taste


Grind all the dry spices in a grinder. Wash the lentils twice in water. Put them in a pressure cooker. Add salt to taste and a cup of water. Boil till the lentils are soft.
Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame.

Add cooking oil in the pan.fry the chicken for a few minutes until it is browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Remove the pressure from heat and let it cool.

When pressure cooker will cool, open the lid. Mash the lentil properly.Now in which pan we had fried chicken, in that pan heat the cooking oil. Add cumin seed, mustard seeds. Add chopped onions; fry the chopped onions until pink. Add the ground masala and bay leaves and fry well. Now add the chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves.  Add the mashed lentils. Add turmeric powder and salt in it and cook it for few minutes. Add fried chicken and cook little more.Add more water to maintain consistency. Serve Dhansak hot with steamed rice and kachumbar salad.

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