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Dhansak

4.8/5 from 16 Customers

A characteristically sweet, sour and hot curry in which lentils form the base of the sauce.

25 minutes

55 minutes

2/5

Also works a treat with: Diced chicken - just cook for 10 minutes extra, Butternut squash added with the lentils for a veg version

Book: How to be a Curry Legend (p52)

Goes great with: Jeera Rice (p152) and Chilli Garlic Chutney (p198)

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Dhansak is popular amongst the Parsi community of Mumbai -  it’s a characteristically sweet, sour and hot curry in which lentils form the base of the sauce.

Cooking the onion until brown and sticky is important as it helps to create the lovely sweet caramelised flavour of the dish.

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Recipe

25 minutes

55 minutes

2/5

Serves

4 with sides

Effort

Low Effort

Main Ingredient

Lamb

Main Ingredient

Pulses

Dietary

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Dairy Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste

Fragrant

Meal Taste

Sweet

Meal Taste

Tangy

Origin

Popular Style

Indian

Country

India

  • 300-400g prawns (any type are fine)
  • 1 large onion - thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  • Fresh ginger - finely chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • 3 tomatoes - roughly chopped
  • 10g bunch of coriander - finely chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 100g red lentils
  • 4 tsp sugar (dark brown is best) 
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (white wine or cider vinegar is best)

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Product Rating (16):

5/5

Got the book How to be a Curry Legend as a thank you gift and made the prawn Dhansak with Jeera rice and chilli garlic chutney straight away - the smells emanating even just from opening the spice tins was amazing and the food was absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them all!

Amazing! We can't wait to see what else you make with the blends!

5/5

Just another Friday tea time for 2! With my favourite sweet potato dhansak (well it would be butternut but they’re not in season just now). A great standby/ quick and easy meal, so full of flavour. A tasty kachumber to keep it company.

It sounds delicious with sweet potato too! A hearty curry- delicious!

5/5

Stunning hot Dhansak with lots of lentils!

Perfect for these rainy days we're having recently, thanks for sharing!

5/5

Loved this recipe. Beautiful flavour and the lentils add to the texture. A "slow burner", heat starts slowly. I'm definitely going to do this one again.

Glad you enjoyed this! This sweet, sour and hot curry is the perfect winter warmer to brighten up a cold day and you know you've made a legendary dish when you can't wait to cook it again!

5/5

I got my book yesterday...as we are on lockdown I left it to the family to decide tonight’s dinner..Dhansak won as it’s not too hot for the children! We swapped the prawns for chicken & I was a little worried at first as it didn’t ‘pulp down’ too well but after an extra 15 minutes...... WOWZERS!!! This was delicious! I actually couldn’t stop eating it! This is amazing and a complete winner in our house! Restaurant quality! I can’t wait to try another one! 5*

Amazing - and what a great way to spend lockdown! Happy spicing!

5/5

Chicken Dhansak.. absolutely amazing, I used chicken thighs so the chicken was so juicy and the texture was spot on. Flavour is delicious, love the curry legend spices. Also.. mint sauce is a must have

Looks great, Billy! Happy spicing!

4/5

This week’s Friday lockdown curry - chicken dhansak with samosas, saag bahji (delicious!) and kulchas

Wow, what a feast! Happy spicing!

5/5

Perfectly spiced made with king prawn favourite so far

We're really pleased you enjoyed it, Helen! Happy spicing!

5/5

I received a gift of beautiful king prawns and had to make the Dhansak again. I never grow tired of it. This is such a good recipe. The flavour and different textures make this a winner. The lentils make it very satisfying too.

Those prawns looks amazing - great choice to put them in a dhansak!

5/5

My new favourite curry! Chicken Dhansak with Jeera Rice, Thoran, Chilli Garlic Chutney and Tomato Chutney. The lentils give great depth of flavour and there is added zing from the lemon. Jeera rice is always a winner and Thoran is a great way of adding tasty veggies with curry.

Great to hear you've found a new favourite, Gordon! It looks fantastic- Happy Spicing!

4/5

Chicken Dhansak served with Jeera rice and naan So full of flavour!!!

Yum! Looks better than a takeaway Toyah, great job!

4/5

Saturday night lockdown night in. Chicken Dhansak, Gobi Aloo, Tarka Dhal, Matar Paneer, Naan, Pilau Rice and some extra Paneer.

Who needs restaurants to re-open when food at home looks as good as this? Brilliant work, Neil - a truly mouth-watering spread!

5/5

A very Good Friday meal. Prawn Dhansak, and cod dhansak, pilau rice and then we did Cauliflower 65 but with broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus instead. Cucumber raita on the side. All of it was fabulous.

This all looks great, Greg - and those dishes are just lovely too! Nice work!

5/5

Very enjoyable to cook and even more enjoyable to eat! Clean plates all around

That's what we love to hear! What an absolute feast and in the balti dishes too, well done Andrew! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed the entire experience!

5/5

King Prawn Dhansak, Bombay Potatoes, Pilau Rice and Chilli and Garlic Chutney

That's a great spread, Clare - nice job! We really hope you enjoyed it all!

5/5

Best Dhansak recipe we've found. Authentic flavours and tastes just like a Dhansak compared to other recipes used. Had to leave for a bit longer to simmer down excess water, excellent recipe and tastes delicious.

That looks like a perfect dhansak, Sarah - great job! We're so pleased to hear that you found it tasty and authentic!

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