How to make Dhansaak Rice Bowl -

Healthy version of dhansaak – brown rice in a bowl served topped with dhansaak.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Masoor dal (मसूर दाल), Moong dal (मूंग दाल)

Cuisine : Parsi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Dhansaak Rice Bowl

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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.

Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dhansaak Rice Bowl Recipe

  • Masoor dal soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Moong dal soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Tuvar dal ¼ cup

  • Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes 100 grams

  • Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) chopped 65 grams

  • Baby brinjals halved 5-6

  • Potato peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes 1 large

  • Boneless chicken cut into strips 250 grams

  • Brown rice cooked 3 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • dhansaak masala 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons

  • Aloo salli For topping


Step 1

Pressure cook pigeon peas, red lentils, green gram, pumpkin, fenugreek leaves, brinjals and potatoes with 4 cups water, salt and turmeric powder till 4 whistles. Remove the lid of the cooker when the pressure has reduced completely. Blend the mixture till smooth.

Step 2

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds and onions and sauté till golden.

Step 3

Add ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add a little water, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 4

Add tomatoes and sauté till soft. Add chili powder and dhansaak masala and mix well. Add some water, mix and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 5

Add chicken and mix well. Add salt and mix. Add the blended dal - vegetable mixture, mix well and cook till the chicken is fully done. Add coriander leaves and lemon juice and mix.

Step 6

Place some brown rice in a serving bowl and make a well. Add the prepared dhansaak in the centre, top with salli and serve hot.

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