Dhansak Dal

A nutritious and tasty dal that you can enjoy with your rice or rotis ! If you are looking for a unique dal recipe, this will  surely please your taste palette. This dal is packed with veggies like brinjal, methi and red pumpkin, and well balanced with spice and masalas too. A good dish to try out for kids too ( you can adjust the spice while making it for your kids) !  I am sure many of you wondering why the name Dhansak, I got this recipe from my mom which was named Dhansak dal. On googling I found out that this is a traditional Parsi dish served with brown rice. Mom, when you read this blog entry, which I am sure you will 😊 you can add your comments too.

My mom made this yummy dal for us when she visited us last time and we are all a big fan of this dal.

Serves: 6-8

Spice Level: Spicy


  • 50 gm moong dal
  • 50 gm tuvar dal
  • 1 small brinjal chopped
  • 1 small bunch methi leaves, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 100 gm red pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • For grinding masala
    • 1 green chilly
    • 1” ginger
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 red chilly
    • 4 white/black pepper corn
    • 1 clove
    • 1 cardamom
    • 1 teaspoon sambhar powder
    • 1 piece cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Mix all dals together, wash and soak for ½ hour. Add chopped vegetables, salt and enough water to cover dals. Pressure cook. Cool and when still warm, put in the mixer or a sieve and make coarse paste.
  • Heat ghee and oil in a big vessel. Add ground masala and roast very well. Add dal paste and enough water. Simmer until the dhal thickens.
  • Serve hot with roti or rice

Enjoy 🙂


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