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Vegetarian Dhansak Recipe

Vegetarian Dhansak
How to make Vegetarian Dhansak

An authentic Parsi recipe which is a medley of garden fresh vegetables and lentils. It is usually made with mutton but this vegetarian version tastes as good!

  • Total Cook Time 50 mins
  • Prep Time 20 mins
  • Cook Time 30 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Easy

Ingredients of Vegetarian Dhansak

  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils (arhar/tuvar daal)
  • 3 Tbsp each, split and husked Bengal Gram (chana daal)
  • 3 Tbsp split and husked Green Gram (dhuli moong daal)
  • 3 Tbsp split and husked Egyptian Lentils (dhuli masoor daal)
  • 60 gm pumpkin-peeled and diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 60 gm egg plant/baingan-diced
  • 1 cup fenugreek leaves (methi)-washed and chopped
  • 1 large (125 gm) potato-peeled and diced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 gm) oil
  • 1 cup grated onions (250 gm)
  • 2 tsp ginger paste (2 tbsp chopped)
  • 1 cup grated tomatoes (250 gm)
  • 3 Tbsp Dhansak masala
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

How to Make Vegetarian Dhansak

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For the dal mixture:

Cook the dals with pumpkin, eggplant, fenugreek leaves, potatoes, turmeric, a pinch of salt and some water.

Final preparation:

Heat oil. Saute onions, garlic and ginger, till they turn light brown.
Add the tomatoes and dhansak masala and saute till fat separates.
Add the dal mixture, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
Shut the flame and add lemon juice.
Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can add cooked meat and stock, if desired.

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