Dhansak is an ever-popular Parsi dish which people make by combining lentils and the meat of chicken or mutton. This dish is a fan favourite and quintessential comfort food among many Parsi. People who have had the pleasure of sampling their cuisine can vouch for this too.
Dhansak can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well, we’re told it’s just as tasty without the meat. However, meat is why you’re here. So, for that reason, we’ve got a Mutton Dhansak recipe for you below that you’ll surely enjoy.
Dhansak – A History
Parsi people came to India from Persia and settled in Gujarat. Unlike their Iranian counterparts, the Parsis who settled in India melded Indian spices with their traditional dishes to give us show-stoppers like Marghi Na Farcha, Patra Ni Macchi and more. The word Dhansak itself comes from two Gujarati words – ‘Dhan’ which is a type of cereal dish, and ‘Shaak’ which translates to ‘cooked vegetables’.
Parsis use Indian spices quite liberally in Dhansak, and therefore, it has a delectable flavour. Some of the spices used for this dish are – garam masala, turmeric, and chilli powder. Depending on which meat you use, the recipe and spices may also vary.
Traditionally Parsis would eat dhansak with brown rice and a cucumber salad, and we’d recommend sticking with tradition too. While the ingredient list is long, the recipe isn’t. Let’s get started.