Dhansak (Restaurant Style)
A perfect weekday warm up curry

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Dhansak (Restaurant Style)

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1" Cassia Bark (Cinnamon Stick)
2 teaspoons Garlic Paste or 2 cloves grated
1 teaspoon Ginger Paste or 1cm grated
1.5 tablespoon Tomato Paste watered down with 3 tbsp water
2 teaspoons Mix Powder / Curry Powder
1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek Leaves (Kasoori Methi)
5 heaped tablespoons Pre-Cooked Lentils
250 ml Curry Base
6 pieces Meat / Veg / Paneer
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Tamarind Sauce (not concentrate or fresh)
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

In Parsi homes, dhansak is traditionally made on Sundays owing to the preparation time required to cook the lentils into a mush

Features:
  • Base Gravy
  • Heat 2/5
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A very satisfying hot sweet and sour Indian curry made from meat, lentils, chilli and sugar.

This recipe requires Base Gravy and Pre-Cooked Lentil Dhal, Make some first or use my Dhansak (made from scratch) version.

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Steps

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Heat the oil in a pan on a low heat then add the cassia bark, garlic and ginger and stir through, allow to gently simmer for around a minute

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add in the tomato paste (watered down with around 3 tablespoons of water) and allow to cook out for around a minute to reduce the bitterness

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add the chilli powder, mix powder, coriander powder, salt and fenugreek leaves and stir through well, allow to cook until the oil starts to separate

4
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if using raw meat add it now, gently stir in the spices and allow to start to brown for around 5 minutes stirring occasionally

5
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turn the heat up to medium, add the base, the cooked lentils, sugar, tamarind sauce and lemon juice and combine well

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if using pre-cooked meat or raw fish such as prawns add them now and gently stir to coat and combine

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allow to reduce until the sauce reduces and thickens and your choice of protein is cooked through. Sprinkle with some fresh coriander and a slice of lemon

Josh

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