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Lamb Dhansak - A Quick Version

Gosht Dhansak

Banoo Petit

This is a popular Parsee dish, a mix of dal and meat. It can be made with either lamb or mutton, lamb is better. It has a long list of ingredients but once you have measured them out, it is relatively simple to cook. Serves 6-8


  • 1 kg. lamb/mutton pieces

  • 300 gm. arhar dal or tuvar (red gram dal, also known as pigeon peas)

  • 1 large onion or 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 large potato, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 2 medium tomatoes, washed and roughly chopped

  • 1 medium Aubergine (brinjal), roughly chopped (optional)

  • 100-125 gm. pumpkin, if available, peeled and chopped (optional)

  • 2 tbs. fresh or 1/2tbs. dry mint leaves, washed

  • A cup of coriander leaves, washed and roughly chopped

  • 1 1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

  • A large pinch (1/2 tsp.) turmeric*

  • 2 tsp. coriander or dhania powder*

  • 1 tsp. chilli powder (adjust to taste)*

  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt (adjust to taste later)

  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala*

  • For tarka or tempering:

  • 2-3 tbs. cooking oil

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or grated or crushed

  • *You can use Dhansak Masala, in place of all these spices.


  1. Measure all ingredients before you start. This makes cooking easier.

  2. Wash and soak lentil and place it in a pressure cooker with all ingredients, except meat and Tarka ingredients. Cook dal under pressure for 6-7 minutes. If you do not have a pressure cooker, boil in a heavy bottomed pan until all vegetables and lentils are cooked through. Allow to cool a little.

  3. Meanwhile, place lamb/mutton pieces in a little water, in a separate pan, cook until tender.

  4. Place cooked vegetables and dal mix into a blender and blend until fine. Add more water if necessary. It should be custard like consistency.

  5. Lift out lamb/mutton pieces from the pan it was cooking in, and add to the dal and vegetable mix.

  6. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  7. Tarka:

  8. Heat oil.

  9. Add garlic, fry for a minute or two and pour over the dhansak.

  10. Serve with brown rice or Boiled Rice.

  11. Also see Dal Selection.


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