Dhansaak

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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Ingredients

  • 500g chicken skinned, washed and chopped
  • 2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped (optional)
  • dals (soaked for one hour): 1/4 cup - val dal
  • 1/4 cup masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup moong dal
  • 1 cup tuvar dal
  • vegetables:
  • 50g orange pumpkin
  • 1 - brinjal
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato peeled
  • 1/4 bunch methi or 6 small bunch of dhansaak methi
  • For ground masala:
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp oil
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 3 tbsp tamarind water
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 tsp dhansaak masala or sambar masala
  • 2 tsp coriander-cumin masala
  • Salt and black pepper powder to taste.

How to Make Dhansaak

  • Pressure cook the dals, vegetables and chicken pieces for 15 minutes in water that just covers everything.
  • Once cooked and the pressure cooker has cooled, open it and remove the chicken and potatoes from the dals and vegetables.
  • Blend the dals and vegetables.
  • Heat oil and fry the chopped onions till brown.
  • Add the ground masala and bay leaves and fry till aroma comes out.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the blended dal to the masala and allow it to boil.
  • Then add chicken and potatoes pieces.
  • Allow it to cook (add more water if necessary).
  • The dal should be little thick.
  • Serve hot with brown rice.

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