Chicken Dhansak

A popular Parsi dish – chicken cooked with mixed dals, vegetables and dhansaak masala. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Chicken Dhansak

Main Ingredients Split Bengal gram (chana dal), Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal)
Cuisine Parsi
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Chicken Dhansak

  • 2 tablespoons Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked,
  • 2 tablespoons Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) soaked
  • 2 tablespoon Split red lentils (masoor dal) soaked
  • 2 tablespoon Split green gram skinless (dhuli moong dal) soaked
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 100 grams Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) cut into small cubes
  • 1 large Potato cut into small cubes
  • 3-4 Small brinjals
  • ½ bunch Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) roughly chopped
  • 2 Green chillies broken
  • 1 inch pieces Ginger chopped
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1½ tablespoons dhansaak masala
  • to taste Salt
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint leaves chopped
  • For chicken -
  • 500 grams Chicken cut into 1-inch pieces on the bone
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • to taste Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1½ tablespoons dhansaak masala
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • a few Fresh mint leaves


  1. Heat 3 tbsps oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, pumpkin, potato, chana dal, tuvar dal, masoor dal and moong dal and mix well.
  2. Cube brinjals and add. Add fenugreek leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic and mix well.
  3. Add 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhansaak masala and mix. Add salt and mint leaves and mix.
  4. Cover the cooker with the lid and cook under pressure till 3 whistles are given out.
  5. Meanwhile heat 2 tbsps oil in a non stick pan. Slice onions and add and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and mix.
  6. Cut tomatoes into big cubes.
  7. Add salt, turmeric powder, dhansaak masala and red chilli powder to chicken and mix well. Add ¼ cup water, cover and cook.
  8. Grind tomatoes to a puree and add to the chicken. Tear a few mint leaves and add. Mix well, cover and cook.
  9. Switch off the heat under the pressure cooker and let it remain for 10 minutes. Open the lid and mash the mixture with a hand blender. Adjust salt.
  10. Add this mixture to the chicken and mix well. Cover and cook for a few minutes.
  11. Serve hot with brown rice and kachumber.

Nutrition Info

Calories 829
Carbohydrates 75.3
Protein 24.9
Fat 47.8
Other Fiber Iron- 19gm