Dhansak (A Parsi Community Dish)

Dhansak is a popular dish of Parsi community of Karachi. It is a very tasty and nutritious dish cooked with mutton, lentils and vegetables. Pumpkin is the main ingredient which impart sweet taste with sourness of tamarind, i.e. sweet and sour taste of Dhansak.


1/2 kilogram Mutton cubes
cup Toor dal (Arhar ki dal)
cup Split Masoor Dal
cup Moong Dal
2 cups Pumpkin chopped
1 cup Gourd (Loki) chopped
1 Brinjal chopped
1/2 cup Fresh Qasuri Methi
1 Potatoes medium chopped
5 Green Chillies chopped
25 grams Tamarind (soaked in water and seed removed)
1 cup Oil
1 Onion chopped
1 Tomatoes chopped
2 inches Ginger crushed piece
1/2 pod Garlic crushed
Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
Lemon wedges for Garnish
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Haldi powder
1 teaspoon Corinader powder
1 teaspoon Methidana powder
2 teaspoons Sesame seed powder
1/2 teaspoon Star aniseeed powder
1 teaspoon Cumin seed


1. Take meat, pulses, vegetables, Green chillies, Tomato, Potato, Red Chillies powder, Haldi powder, Salt and 2 glass of water in a pan and cook on medium flame till meat and pulses are tender. Add tamarind and cook for another 5 minutes.
2. Take out tendered meat cubes , and mash the remaining material.
3. Now heat oil in another pan add onion and fry till golden brown, then add ginger , garlic and fry for 2 minutes then add tendered meat cubes and remaining spices and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes then add mashed vegetables and pulses mixture and cook further for 10-15 minutes.
4. Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves and simmer.
5. Delicious Dhansak is ready serve with brown rice or roti.
6.Squeeze Lemon Juice at top of serving plate or dish before serving
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