Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dhansak-Dhansak recipe-How to make Dhansak

Dhansak is a very popular dish among the Parsi community in India. Usually Parsis make Dhansak with mutton but this is a vegetarian dhansak .I do not know whether this is an authentic recipe or not but do know that it is a very tasty dish. My family loves this dish very much. I saw this on a TV show long time back, loved it very much. It has the goodness of greens, lentils and vegetables and goes well with pulao, rice, chapati and paratha, so wanted to share it with you all .Now to the Dhansak recipe -

DhansakHow to prepare Dhansak
Serves -5-6

Ingredients needed

Onion -2 (finely chopped)
Tomato -3 Big and juicy ones
Ginger -1 inch piece
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green chilli - 1
Salt as required

Spice Powder

Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp


Tur Dal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Moong dal /split green gram - 1 1/2 tbsp
Masoor dal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Channa dal /Bengal gram - 1 1/2 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Black eye pea - 1 1/2 tbsp
Fresh or dry field beans (Mochai)- 1 1/2 tbsp
Garbanzo beans (kabuli channa,kondai kadalai) - 1 1/2 tbsp


Carrot -1
Beans -4-5
Potato - 1
Radish - 1
Pumpkin - 1/3 cup
Ash gourd - 1/3 cup

There are no hard and fast rules. You can add less or more of any vegetables but pumpkin is a must for this recipe.


Fenugreek leaves /Methi - handful
Mint leaves - handful
Spinach leaves - handful
Coriander leaves -handful

For the Dhansak Masala

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Whole black Pepper -1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Red chilli -1
Sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds ( Sombu)- 1/2 tsp

Dry roast everything separately and grind it adding little water.Keep it aside.

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Bay leaf -1

Now do not get intimidated by the long list of ingredients above. Actually the preparation is very simple.


Grind green chilli, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.(g-g-g) Keep it aside.

Soak black eyed pea, channa and field beans overnight. This step is needed only if you are using dried ones.

Wash and chop vegetables and greens. Keep aside.

Soak all the lentils/dal for 20 minutes in hot water so that they will get cooked faster and energy is also saved.

Puree tomatoes in a blender.


  • Pressure cook all the lentils, greens and vegetables with little water for 4 whistles and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and add fennel seeds, bay leaf, when fennel sizzles, add finely chopped onions and saute till it turns brown stirring continuously.

  • Add ginger garlic and chilli paste and saute for some more time.
  • Add tomato puree,dhansak masala and all the spice powder. Cook till oil separates.

  • Then add the pressure cooked vegetables+lentils mix, needed salt and little water.
  • Cook for a few minutes until everything gets blended well.

    Serve hot with pulao or any Indian bread.

    Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Whao masala-licious one :) looks yumm...


  2. Lovely mix of spices and a delicious treat!

    Lite Bite

  3. Wow mix of loads of lentils, veggies, greens n masala it rocks!!

  4. nice presentation and awesome recipe

  5. Wonderful dish :) healthy :)

  6. Dhansakl is new to me. Your explanation is excellent. It should have been a wonderful, healthy and tasty dish. But, I dont know why, I'm not able to see the picture. :-( If no other person complains, then kindly ignore. It could have been a problem in my browser... Anyways, I shall try again later...

  7. New for me and looks interesting

  8. looks very inviting- good recipe

  9. Thank you soo much Padhu for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments. You have got a very nice space. Dhansak is new to me. Your way of explanation is easy to follow. Good recipe.

  10. New dish for me ...looks very inviting...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Sounds too good.. Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

  12. Perfect dish !!! looks very yummy and healthy !!!

  13. Sounds like a delicious and hearty dish!

  14. New to me,healthy and protein packed,sounds delicious

  15. Couldn't see the picture (broken link?) but the mixture of lentils, masala and all the veggies cannot go wrong, can it?

  16. Love the spice combinations, sounds rich!

  17. This is one dish a have been planning to make for a long time!!! Thanks for posting the recipe!!

  18. Sounds delicious..lovely recipe as well:)

  19. looks delicious. nice authentic recipe.

  20. I loved the named of this dish, never tasted before..Looks yumm

  21. Looks delicious and healthy....

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments... Glad to follow you...

  22. This dish is very new to me but amazed by the blend of spices and lentils.. Thanx for the post..

  23. Looks so healhty and flavorful curry.

  24. Altogether Healthy & tasty pack.. Thanks for sharing this recipe..Padu

  25. Phew... thats a long list of ingredients :) But the recipe is so healthy and yummy :)

  26. Perfect...looks so healthy and yummy...


  27. OMG! what a great combination of ingredients. Totally loveing it.

    Aaha Oho

  28. Very new and interesting recipe. Complete balanced food

  29. healthy recepie and name of the dish is new to me

  30. Love the radish and carrot flowers. I once tried carrot flowers and could carve only 4 petals. Nice recipe!

  31. sometimes i hate being an english fellow,i have no idea how to make dhansak,but it is one of my favourite food of all time !! i just LOVE IT !! :-)


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