Dhansak (made from scratch)
A perfect weekday warm up curry

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Dhansak (made from scratch)

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Adjust Servings:
4 tbsp Oil (Vegetable)
1 small grated Onion (brown/white)
2.5 tbsp Tomato (Paste)
1 tsp Ginger (Grated)
1.5 tsp Garlic (Paste)
1 tbsp Mix Powder / Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander (Powder)
1/4 tsp Cumin (Powder)
1/4 tsp Turmeric (Powder)
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chilli (Powder - Hot) (1/2 tsp mild, 1 tsp medium, 2 tsp hot)
1-2 tbsp Sugar add 1 to begin with, you can always add more later if required
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Leaves (Kasoori Methi)
6 pieces Meat, Vegetables, Paneer or Tofu
5 tbsp Lentils (Pre Cooked)
1 tsp Lemon
500 ml Water

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

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A very satisfying hot sweet and sour Indian curry made from meat, lentils, chilli and sugar.

If you have Base Gravy and Pre-Cooked Lentil Dhal already made save time and use our identical Dhansak (made with base gravy) version.

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Heat up the oil in a pan on medium heat and add the onions frying until soft.


Add the tomato paste, ginger, garlic, mix powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt, chilli powder, sugar and fenugreek and stir well


Add the water then bring to the boil, stirring.


Add the meat, lentils and lemon juice then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce reduces and thickens. Add more water if the sauce gets too thick for you.


Recipe Reviews

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Made this curry yesterday and it tasted like something from an authentic Indian restaurant! For my own taste I added 1-2 Tablespoons of sweetened shredded coconut instead of sugar but stuck to the recipe for the rest. Served with couscous and naan bread. Loved that it made a lot more curry for 2 people than I expected so I have leftovers to enjoy. Thanks for making authentic Indian food possible for those of us who don't live near big cities with lots of Indian restaurants. Great website, CurryKid!

Naan Bread (made from scratch)
Chasni (made from scratch)
Naan Bread (made from scratch)
Chasni (made from scratch)

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I made this today and it is amazing!! I make air of currys from scratch and my own attempts and always good but this was really delicious! Thankyou so much!

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