Vegetarian Dhansak Recipe

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Vegetarian Dhansak
How to make Vegetarian Dhansak
  • Recipe Servings: 4
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  • Difficulty Level: Easy

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!

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

  • For the dal mixture:
  • 1.Cook the dals with pumpkin, eggplant, fenugreek leaves, potatoes, turmeric, a pinch of salt and some water.
  • Final preparation:
  • 1.Heat oil. Saute onions, garlic and ginger, till they turn light brown.
  • 2.Add the tomatoes and dhansak masala and saute till fat separates.
  • 3.Add the dal mixture, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • 4.Shut the flame and add lemon juice.
  • 5.Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can add cooked meat and stock, if desired.