Dhansak Masala Spice Mix 1
Dhansak Masala Mix 1
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This amount will suffice for 1 kg. meat/chicken and lentil Dhansak. You can make larger quantities and keep in a small jar. If you want to make Dhansak in a hurry, this can be used in place of many individual ingredients.
5 dry, red chillies (adjust to taste)
1 two inch piece of cinnamon sticks
1 black cardamom
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
1 tbsp. green or black cardamom seeds/pods
8-10 black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
Dry roast all the whole spices in a wok or karahi, over a medium heat until they darken or there is a nice aroma of roasted spices.
Grind to a powder.
Mix with turmeric powder.
Even when you use this masala, instead of individual spices, you still need to give a "tarka" to finish off your dish: You will need 2-3 tbsp. cooking oil, 2 bay leaves, 2-3 medium onions peeled and sliced and a couple of dry red chillies. Heat oil, fry onions, add bay leaf and chillies. Stir quickly and add to the Dhansak. Cover, to infuse flavours.