Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dhansak (A Parsi Community Dish) دھانسک پارسی کھانا

Dhansak (A Parsi Community Dish)

Dhansak is a popular dish of Parsi community of Karachi. It is a very tasty and nutritious dish cooked with mutton, lentils and vegetables. Pumpkin is the main ingredient which impart sweet taste with sourness of tamarind, i.e. sweet and sour taste of Dhansak.

  • Mutton cubes 1/2 kg
  • Toor dal (Arhar ki dal)  1/3 cup
  • Split Masoor Dal 1/3 cup
  • Moong Dal 1/3 cup
  • Pumpkin chopped 2 cup
  • Gourd (Loki)  chopped 1 cup
  • Brinjal chopped 1
  • Fresh Qasuri Methi 1/2 cup
  • Potatoes medium chopped 1
  • Green Chillies chopped  4-5
  • Tamarind (soaked in water and seed removed)  25 g
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Onion chopped 1
  • Tomatoes chopped 1
  • Ginger crushed 2 inch piece
  • Garlic crushed 1/2 pod
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for Garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli Powder 1 teaspoon
  • Haldi powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Methidana powder 1 teaspoon
  • Sesame seed powder 2 teaspoon
  • Star aniseed powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seed 1 teaspoon


  • Take meat, pulses, vegetables, Green chillies, Tomato, Potato, Red Chillies powder, Haldi powder, Salt and 2 glass of water in a pan and cook on medium flame till meat and pulses are tender. Add tamarind and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Take out tendered meat cubes , and mash the remaining material.
  • Now heat oil in another pan add onion and fry till golden brown,  then add ginger , garlic and fry for 2 minutes then add tendered meat cubes and remaining spices and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes then add mashed vegetables and pulses mixture and cook further for 10-15  minutes.
  • Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves and simmer.
  • Delicious Dhansak is ready serve with brown rice or roti.
  • Squeeze Lemon Juice at top of serving plate or dish before serving.