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Wednesday 15 May 2024

Vegetarian Dhansak (Parsi Cuisine)

 

           This is a traditional Parsi cuisine which is a vegetarian version. It is generally cooked with mutton with one or more lentils. It is an absolute delicacy and no Parsi menu is complete without this signature dish. Dhansak can be relished with Parsi Biryani or any Indian bread. This is a simple and a healthy dal recipe which is cooked along with eggplants and red pumpkin.

           It is both spicy and tangy with the presence of tamarind. Some coriander and mint leaves added to the end product gives a very good flavour to this dal curry. Hence this vegetarian version is a nutritious dish and a gourmet's delight on a vegetarian platter. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this great comfort food.







  • 1/3 cup Tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentil), soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup Chana dal (Bengal gram lentil)
  • 1 cup red pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 long eggplant, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. roasted coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. tamarind paste mixed with 1/2 cup water
  • coriander leaves to garnish






          Pressure cook the soaked dal, eggplants and red pumpkin along with 1 & 1/2 cups water for 4-5 whistles. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mash slightly with a potato masher and keep aside.

          Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions till light brown in colour. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and rest of the dry spices mixed with 1/4 cup water. Fry on a low flame till the oil separates.

          Add the tomatoes and continue to fry till it is mashed up. Add the boiled dal and the tamarind water. 

          Simmer for 4-5 minutes or till you get the right consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot steamed rice, jeera rice or any Indian bread.



                       Pressure cook soaked dal, eggplants & red pumpkin with 1 & 1/2 cups 
                       of water for 4-5 whistles. Add salt & turmeric powder. 



                                  Mash slightly with a potato masher and keep aside.



                                  Heat oil and sauté the onions till light brown in colour. 



                       Add the ginger-garlic paste and all the dry spices mixed with 1/4 cup 
                       water. Fry on a low flame till the oil separates.



                                    Add the tomatoes & continue to fry till it is mashed up. 



                        Add the boiled dal & the tamarind water. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or 
                        till you get the right consistency.



                                  Garnish with coriander leaves.



                                Serve with hot steamed rice, jeera rice or any Indian bread.










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