Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vegetarian Dhansak

Dhansak is a very famous Parsi dish.  I got the basic recipe from a friend. I have added fried yam instead of meat and my veg . version of Dhansak was ready.

Ingredients  : Serves 3

For dal
Tur dal                       1/4 cup
Masoor dal                  1/4 cup
Moong dal                   1/8 cup
Chana dal                   1/8 cup
Brinjal                        1 ( thin and long variety ) cut into cubes
Yellow pumpkin          1/2 cup cut into cubes
Fenugreek leaves        1 cup  chopped
Tamarind paste           2 tbsp
Coriander                  1 tbsp ( leaves and stalks)
Mint leaves                1 tbsp
Salt                           to taste
Jaggery                    1 tbsp

Yam                         1 cup cubed.
Salt                          1 /2 tsp+1/2 tsp
Turmeric                  1/2 tsp
Oil                           2 tsp
Water                      1 1/2 cups

For wet paste 
Coriander seeds        1 tsp
Cumin seeds             1 tsp
Whole red chilly       2
Cinnamon                1" piece
Cloves                     2
Green Cardamom     3
Peppercorns            5
Garlic cloves           4
Green chill              1/2
Ginger                    2 tsp. (chopped)
Tomato                  1 small chopped
Coriander               1/4 cup ( leaves and stalks)

Dry powder
Green Cardamom    2
Star anise               1
Cloves                   2
Peppercorns           4
Whole red chilly     1
Cumin                    1 tsp

Method :
  1. Wash and soak the dals for 4 hours or overnite.
  2. Dry roast all ingredients for dry powder and pound them in mortar and pestle.
  3. Dry roast all dry ingredients for wet masala  . Make a fine paste of all ingredients  mentioned under wet masala ,  using little water.
  4. Cook all ingredients mentioned under dal in 2 cups of water until done.
  5. Cool and liquidise.
  6. Wash and cut yam into cubes.
  7. Marinade with salt and turmeric pd for 1 hour.
  8. Wash properly and pat it dry on a clean kitchen towel.
  9. Deep fry till golden.
  10. Pressure cook fried yam in little water and salt for 3 whistles.
  11. Heat oil in a pan and fry the wet masala for 2-3 minutes till the raw smell disappears.
  12. Add this masala and liquidised dal to cooked yam. Add 1 1 /2 cup water. Bring it to a boil. Stir in dry masala pd.
  13. Cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  14. Serve with Dhansak rice.