Vegetarian Dhansak


This month’s 4 Velveteers challenge was from Asha. She suggested that we all make dhansak with own own interpration.

Dhansak is an authentic Parsi dish. I think the first time i heard about this dish was a long time back when Penaz Masani(singer) spoke about it On TV. This is one of their non-vegetarian dishes but i have tried to make it vegetarian. You can find different variations of this recipe in the blog world also on you tube:-)


Pumpkin 200 gms

Red gram dhal 1/4 cup

Masoor dhal 1/4 cup

Green gram dhal 1/4 cup

Tamarind small marble sized, soaked in warm water

Onion 1 cut into small pieces

Tomato 1 cut finely

Methi leaves 2 tbsp


Red chillies 6

Coriander seeds 2 tsp

Cumin seeds 2 tsp

Cardamom 4

Cinnamon 1′ piece

Garlic 3-4 pods

Ginger 1/2 piece


Chop the pumpkin into cubes(not very small)

Cook all the dhal’s together with the chopped pumpkins pieces until soft

Roast red chillies,coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon in a tsp of oil till a good flavour comes out.

Grind this along with ginger and garlic into a smooth paste

Heat a pan with 2 tsp oil.

Fry the chopped onions till golden brown

Add the ground masala paste and fry for 2 minutes more.

Now add the cut tomatoes and methi leaves and fry till the tomatoes turn soft

Add the strained tamarind juice

Now add the cooked dhal-pumkin mixture

Add the necessary salt and let it boil for 10 minutes on a very medium flame

Serve warm with brown rice

” The 4 Velveteers* was started by Pamela, Aparna, Asha, and Alessio
, who are passionate about different cuisines
and food in general. Each month, we will attempt a new dish and share
our experiences and the recipes we used. If you’re interested in
joining the Velveteers, please feel free to drop by our Google group
Do check out the creations of other velveteers

Aparna’s vegetable Dhansak

Asha’s Mutton dhansak

Lindsay’s lamb dhansak

Will update the list as and when the others post


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Thank you Priya, Jaisy, santosh,Pari,Pratibha and Hamaree rasoi
@ aparna thank you so much for such a wonderful challenge. Since i cannot exactly remember as to when she did the celebrity cooking, i have edited those lines. Thank you:-)

Have never heard of this parsi dish!..but sure will be liked by many Indian vegetarians..:)
Good recipe, Veena 🙂

Thanks a lot for you interest in taking up arusuvai..will contact you soon regarding it 🙂

Hi Veena, you have an wonderful blog here. am a happy follower now.
thanks for your participation in Arusuvai. will very soon get back to you with the details. happy cooking.

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