How to make Chicken Dhansaak - The popular Parsi dish of mixed dals, mixed vegetables and masalas, served with chicken cooked with masalas.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Bengal Gram, Chicken (चिकन)

Cuisine : Parsi

Course : Main Course Chicken

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Chicken Dhansaak

Originally, the Parsis were meat eaters, who prepared a lot of rich and heavy dishes. However, over the years they blended their culinary skills with those of the regional people thus giving rise to a blend of Persian and Indian cuisine. Today Parsi food is a delicious blend of western influences, a Gujarat love for sweet and sour mixtures and the Persian genius for combining meat with dried fruits such as apricots. After coming to Gujarat, they adopted a lot of Gujarati food and became pulse and cereal eaters. As they shifted towards Maharashtra, they adapted the Maharashtrian dishes.
Parsis prefer non-vegetarian dishes mainly consisting of fish, meat and chicken though they also have a large repertoire of vegetarian preparations.

For more recipes related to Chicken Dhansaak checkout Cholar Daler Murgi, Chicken Dhansak. You can also find more Main Course Chicken recipes like Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast , Murgh Dhania Korma, Spicy Chicken Stuffed Squash, Butter Chicken Poutine.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chicken Dhansaak Recipe

  • Bengal Gram soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Chicken soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Split red lentil (masoor dal) soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Split green gram skinless (dhuli moong dal) soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoons

  • Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) cut into small cubes 100 grams

  • Potato cut into small pieces 1 large

  • Brinjals 3-4 small

  • Fenugreek leaves (methi) roughly chopped 1/2 bunch

  • Green chillies broken 2

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 5-6 cloves

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Dhansak masala 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 1/4 cup

  • For Chicken

  • Chicken cut into 1 inch pieces 500 grams

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Tomatoes 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Dhansak masala 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Mint leaves a few


Step 1

Heat 3 tbsps oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, pumpkin, potato, chana dal, tuvar dal, masoor dal and moong dal and mix well.

Step 2

Cube brinjals and add. Add fenugreek leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic and mix well.

Step 3

Add 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhansaak masala and mix. Add salt and mint leaves and mix.

Step 4

Cover the cooker with the lid and cook under pressure till 3 whistles are given out. Meanwhile heat 2 tbsps oil in a non stick pan.

Step 5

Slice onions and add and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and mix.

Step 6

Cut tomatoes into big cubes. Add salt, turmeric powder, dhansaak masala and red chilli powder to chicken and mix well.

Step 7

Add ¼ cup water, cover and cook.