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Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, especially among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Dhansak is made by cooking mutton with a mixture of lentils and vegetables.

About Recipe

koora, Kuzhambu, torkari

How to make Dhanshak

(48 ratings)
31 reviews so far
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
35 mins
Author : Vahchef
Main Ingredient : Lamb
Servings : 4 persons
Published date : December 15, 2018

Ingredients used in Dhanshak
• Mutton - 500 grams.
• Peppercorns - 1 tea spoon.
• Star anise - 3 numbers.
• Green cardamom - 7 numbers.
• Cloves - 6 numbers.
• Cumin seeds - 1 tea spoon.
• Kasuri methi - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon.
• Cinnamon stick - 1 piece.
• Green chilies (chopped) - 6 numbers.
• Coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 bunch.
• Dill leaves (chopped) - 1/2 bunch.
• Oil - as required.
• Chana dal - 3 tablespoons.
• Tuvar dal - 3 tablespoons.
• Masoor dal - 3 tablespoons.
• Moong dal - 3 tablespoons.
• Pumpkin (cubes) - 100 grams.
• Eggplant (cubes) - 75 grams.
• Potato (cubes) - 2 numbers.
• Tomato (chopped) - 3 numbers.
• Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon.
• Onions (chopped) - 1/2 cup.
• Bay leaves - 2 numbers.
• Ginger garlic paste - 1 tea spoon.
• Red chilies - 13 numbers.
• Tamarind juice - 1/4 cup.
• Jaggery (grated) - 1 tablespoon.
• Ghee - 1 tablespoon.
• Salt - to taste.
• Water - as required.

For dry masala:

  • Heat a pan, add red chilies, peppercorns, star anise, green cardamom, cloves, cumin seeds, dry roast along with Kasuri methi, make them into dry powder and keep it aside.
For wet masala:
  • Take another pan, add coriander seeds, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, star anise, green cardamom, cumin seeds, cloves, red chilies, fenugreek seeds, dry roast it and switch off the flame and add green chilies, chopped coriander, dill leaves, put these into the grinder along with some water and make a fine paste.


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add chana dal,toor dal, moong dal, masoor dal, roast all dals then add pieces of pumpkin, eggplant, potato, tomato along with water and turmeric powder, cook it with closed lid for 4 whistles.
  • Heat oil in another pressure cooker, add bay leaves, chopped onions, salt, cook it till onions are slightly transparent.
  • In it, add ginger garlic paste, mutton pieces along with some water and cook it with closed lid for 3 to 4 whistles.
  • Heat a pan, add the cooked dals, mutton, also wet masala paste along with water (as required consistency).
  • At last, add tamarind juice, grated jaggery, ghee, mix it well and cook it for some more time.
Serve it with brown rice.

Cooking with images Rassa , Lamb rasdar, saaru


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Encu South Posted on Thu Feb 20 2014

Thank You Chef!! Been waiting for this for a very long time :-)?

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EndOfEntertainment Posted on Thu Feb 20 2014

great stuff :)?

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Kavita Martyres Posted on Thu Feb 20 2014

Vahchef you doing a huge favor for all of us in covering so many cuisines,Indian and international....i pray u cover all cuisines....because you do it best...every video is a delight?

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ummmomen Posted on Thu Feb 20 2014

it looks so tasty. for sure I will try it. thank you for the video.?

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Stargazerlily86 Posted on Thu Feb 20 2014

6:14 the effects of good smelling food on the brain lmao!!!?

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Dheenul Basheer Posted on Fri Feb 21 2014

I tried this today and it was super yummy. My family loved it. I've added this to one of my favourites. Thank you vah chef for sharing this recipe. ?

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Akkshay Singhi Posted on Sat Feb 22 2014

Star onions? Anything, I could use to replace them??

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Deepa1176 Posted on Sat Feb 22 2014

Hi chef, it looks yummy. Can I use chicken for this receipie? Thanks?

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mehboob qadri Posted on Mon Feb 24 2014

Sanjay you are master of cooking ?

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Gizmo b Posted on Mon Feb 24 2014

Chef I think u sud stop wearing make up, u looked nice in ur old videos, now u look too girly!!?

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