Chicken dhansak is a delectable Indian recipe traditionally prepared by the Parsi community. This dish is cooked with chicken, dal and vegetables and it is a complete meal in itself. The use of aromatic Indian spices enhances the flavour of this dish. It is tasty and nutritious at the same time. Chicken dhansak is best served with brown rice.
Here Are The ingredients And Recipe For Chicken Dhansak
Chicken- 700 grams
Garlic- 1 (medium sized)
Ginger- 1 inch
Cumin seeds- 2 teaspoons
Dhansak Masala- 1 packet
Sunflower oil- 5 tablespoons
Vinegar- 2 tablespoons
Yellow pigeon peas or toor dal- 60 grams
Bengal gram or chana dal- 60 grams
Red masoor dal- 60 grams
Moong dal or split green gram- 60 grams
Pumpkin- 150 grams
Eggplant/Brinjal- 150 grams
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder- ½ teaspoon
Sugar- As required
Salt- To taste
Method Of Preparation
1. Before starting with the recipe, wash the dals properly and soak them for 3 hours. If you have less time, you can also soak the dals for minimum 1 hour.
2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and wash them thoroughly. Drain off excess water and keep aside the chicken.
3. Cut the eggplant and pumpkin into small pieces. Add sufficient water in a pressure cooker and allow it to heat for 2 minutes. Now add the chopped pumpkin and eggplant pieces along with the dals, turmeric powder and little salt.Allow it to cook for 4-5 whistles. Check to see whether the vegetables and dal have got fully boiled. The vegetables should get completely mixed with the dal. Pour the dal into a separate bowl and keep it aside.
4. Take 2 onions, ginger, and garlic and cumin seeds and put them into the mixer to prepare a paste. Next, add little sugar, dhansak masala and red chilli powder. Mix together properly.
5. Cut the remaining onions and tomato into small pieces. Put the pressure cooker on the flame and add oil. Let the oil heat for 1 minute. Now add the onion and tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes. Add the masala paste and cook until the oil separates from the masala.
Now add the cooked dal and mix together nicely. Cook for additional few minutes or till the chicken becomes soft and tender. Your chicken dhansak is now ready. Serve hot.