How to make Dhansaak -

Mutton and dal in a delicious blend of masalas and vegetables .

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Mutton (मटन), Split pigeon peas

Cuisine : Parsi

Course : Main Course Mutton

For more recipes related to Dhansaak checkout Mutton Curry, Hyderabadi Keema, Andhra Mutton Curry, Rogan Josh . You can also find more Main Course Mutton recipes like Dal Keema Mixed Grill Sizzler Saoji Mutton Shaan E Raan


Dhansaak Recipe Card


Hindi: gosht
What’s a biryani without some succulent pieces of mutton wrapped in a perfect blend of aromatic spices and herbs!? Yes, though other meats being more common, biryani eaters all over the world can easily swear by mutton. And not just biryanis, curries, bakes and all other preparations with this wonderful meat are always special. Did you know, unlike other dishes, a day-old mutton prep will always be all the more tastier on the palate! Try it the next time you plan on to take on this meat.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 51-60 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dhansaak Recipe

  • Mutton 1 inch cubes 500 grams

  • Split pigeon peas

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/4 cup

  • Split red lentil (masoor dal) 1/4 cup

  • Ghee 1/4 cup

  • Onions sliced 2 medium

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Garlic chopped 5-6 cloves

  • Black peppercorns 10

  • Green chillies slit and seeded 2

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Pumpkin 1/2 inch cubes 100 grams

  • Brinjals 1/2 inch cubes 3 medium

  • Potato 1/2 inch cubes 1 large

  • Salt to taste

  • Fenugreek leaves (methi) chopped 3 tablespoons

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 3 tablespoons

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Dhansak masala 2 tablespoons

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Clean, wash and soak toovar dal and masoor dal for half an hour in two cups of water. Heat ghee in a pan. Add onions and sauté till golden. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for three to four minutes.

Step 2

Add mutton pieces and continue to sauté for five to ten minutes till lightly browned. Add black peppercorns, green chillies, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix.

Step 3

Add toovar dal, masoor dal and mix. Add pumpkin, brinjals, potato, salt and three cups of water. Bring it to a boil.

Step 4

Cook for ten minutes. Add methi leaves, mint leaves and mix. Add tomatoes and cover and cook till the mutton is done.This may take thirty to forty five minutes. You can cook in a pressure cooker too in which case it will get cooked faster.

Step 5

Switch off the heat. Remove mutton pieces and add dhansaak masala. Mix and add tamarind pulp. Mash the mixture in a blender.

Step 6

Transfer into a deep pan and add mutton pieces. Adjust consistency by adding water.

Step 7

Sprinkle coriander leaves and cook for a further five minutes.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.