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Vegetable Dhansak

Vegetarian Parsi Vegetable Dhansak - a hearty dish with lentils and vegetables. Spicy and delicious with aromatic spice blend. Serve with roti or rice.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: parsi
Servings: 4 Servings


For Dhansak Masala:

  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 2~3 Dry Red Chilies (add more if you like it spicy)
  • 3~4 Garlic cloves
  • ½" Ginger piece
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Black peppercorns
  • 1 Cardamom pod
  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped

For Dhansak:

  • ½ cup Toor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Masoor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Moong dal
  • 1 Medium Potato, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup Bottle gourd/ Lauki/ Sorakaya, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup Pumpkin, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Methi leaves (or use 2tsp Kasoori Methi)
  • 4~5 Spring Onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  • To taste Salt


  • Make the Dhansak Masala: Grind all the ingredients into a smooth paste just little water. Set aside.
  • To make Dhansak: Combine dals, potato, bottle gourd, pumpkin, tomatoes and methi leaves in a pressure cooker. Add 4 cups of water and pressure cook until everything is well cooked, about 3~5 whistles.
  • Blend the mixture until very smooth with an immersion blender. Alternately the mixture can be strained through a sieve to remove any lumps and make it smooth.
  • Heat 2tbsp ghee in a pan. Add the chopped spring onions and cook till wilted. Add the dhansak masala and cook for 3~4 minutes or until it doesn't smell raw anymore
  • Add the lentil & veggie mixture. Cook for 5~6 minutes and add the tamarind pulp.
  • If the mixture looks too thick, add water to thin it out. Simmer for 5~6 minutes or until the tamarind is cooked through.


  • Other veggies like eggplant, zucchini, hard squash (butternut squash, acorn or delicata squash), spinach, kale etc. can be used in the recipe.
  • Lentils and vegetables can be cooked in an instant pot - Manual setting for for 8~10 minutes until cooked and mushy.
  • Adjust the spices to your taste preference. Add less chilies to make it less spicy.