How to make Dhansak Croquettes -

This fusion snack is a sure winner – thick chicken dhansak shaped into croquettes and deep-fried

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Mummy Ka Magic.

Main Ingredients : Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal), Split red lentils (masoor dal)

Cuisine : Parsi

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Dhansak Croquettes

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Originally, the Parsis were meat eaters, who prepared a lot of rich and heavy dishes. However, over the years they blended their culinary skills with those of the regional people thus giving rise to a blend of Persian and Indian cuisine. Today Parsi food is a delicious blend of western influences, a Gujarat love for sweet and sour mixtures and the Persian genius for combining meat with dried fruits such as apricots. After coming to Gujarat, they adopted a lot of Gujarati food and became pulse and cereal eaters. As they shifted towards Maharashtra, they adapted the Maharashtrian dishes.
Parsis prefer non-vegetarian dishes mainly consisting of fish, meat and chicken though they also have a large repertoire of vegetarian preparations.

Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dhansak Croquettes Recipe

  • Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal) , soaked for 30 minutes and drained 1/2 cup

  • Split red lentils (masoor dal) , soaked for 30 minutes and drained 3 tablespoons

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) , soaked for 30 minutes and drained 1/4 cup

  • Red pumpkin , grated 1/2 cup

  • Brinjal , cut into small pieces and soaked in water 1 small

  • Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) , chopped 1/4 cup

  • Boneless chicken , boiled with salt and shredded 1 cup

  • Dhansak masala 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Ghee 2 teaspoons

  • Onion , finely chopped 1 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Tomatoes , finely chopped 2 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Eggs , beaten with salt 2

  • Dried breadcrumbs 1 cup

  • Oil to deep fry

  • Green chutney to serve


Step 1

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, add onion and salt, mix and sauté till the onions turn golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté on medium heat for 1 minute.

Step 2

Add tomatoes, mix and saute till they are pulpy. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and dhansak masala, mix well and saute till ghee separates.

Step 3

Add soaked pigeon peas, red lentils and Bengal grams and mix well.

Step 4

Add grated pumpkin and mix well. Drain and add brinjal pieces and fenugreek leaves. Add 1½ cups water and mix well. Cover cooker with lid and cook under pressure, on medium heat, till 2-3 whistles are given out. Switch the heat off.

Step 5

Open the lid once the pressure settles completely. Blend the cooked lentils with a hand blender to a fine paste and transfer into a bowl. Add chicken and mix well. Allow to cool down to room temperature. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 6

Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan

Step 7

Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape each portion into a cylinder.

Step 8

Take beaten eggs in a bowl. Spread breadcrumbs in a plate. Dip the cylinders in egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Shake off excess breadcrumbs and place on a plate.

Step 9

Slide the croquettes gently into hot oil and deep-fry, on medium heat, till crisp and golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 10

Arrange the croquettes on a serving platter and serve hot with green chutney.

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