Parsi Style Vegetable Dhansak Recipe- Parsi Vegetable Dal

Jyothi Rajesh
Parsi Style Vegetable Dhansak Recipe- Parsi Vegetable Dal
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Parsi Cuisine is one of the traditional cuisine of the Parsis of India. Parsis are known for their love for good food, good music. Parsi cuisine has a West Indian cuisine influence. They also retain their food flavors and techniques from ancient Persian cuisine. One of the most popular Parsi foods is Dhansak. It’s traditionally meat and vegetables cooked in lentils. A very flavorful special masala called the dhansak masala makes this dish special and unique. Though Parsis are enthusiastic non-vegetarians, they have some delicious vegetarian recipes too.

Vegetable Dhansak is a non-vegetarian special dish, but on Bahman Mahino day parsis do not eat meat. They make vegetarian delicacies. If you are pure vegetarian and looking to make Parsi food, this flavorful and most delicious vegetable dhansak is what you should be cooking. Dhansak is best accompanied with brown rice. It can served with bread and I must say the combination was very good too.

Serve the Vegetable Dhansak along with brown rice or a Homemade Butter Naan for a wholesome weeknight dinner.

Here are few more recipes of Parsi Cuisine

  1. Parsi Salli Murgh Recipe
  2. Parsi Style Baingan Capsicum Ka Salan Recipe
  3. Parsi Mawa Cake Recipe
  4. Parsi Salli Boti Recipe

Cuisine: Parsi Recipes
Course: Dinner
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

25 M

Cooks in

50 M

Total in

75 M


4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split)
  • 1/2 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 50 grams Methi Leaves (Fenugreek Leaves) , roughly chopped
  • 20 Mint Leaves (Pudina) , roughly chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 2 Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , diced
  • 1 cup Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , diced
  • 2 Turnips , diced
  • 1 Onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • For Seasoning
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Oil , or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Salt , to taste
  • Water , as required
  • For dhansak masala paste
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 5 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds

How to make Parsi Style Vegetable Dhansak Recipe- Parsi Vegetable Dal

  1. To begin making the Vegetable Dhansak Recipe, we will first get all the ingredients ready and then proceed to make the Dhansak Masala.

  2. To make dhansak masala, grind all the ingredients mentioned under the list adding very little water to make a smooth paste. Keep the masala aside.

  3. Wash and roughly chop all the vegetables. Pick fenugreek leaves, mint leaves,  wash and chop them. Keep these aside.

  4. Soak all the 3 dals separately for about 30 minutes.

  5. Once soaked, place all three dals, vegetables, fenugreek leaves and mint leaves along with 1 thinly sliced onion, green chili and a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Add salt, and 3 cups of water. Cover the pressure cooker and cook until you hear 2 whistles. After 2 whistles turn the heat to low and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes and turn off the heat.

  6. Allow the pressure to release naturally from the cooker. Once the pressure settles down, open the lid of the pressure cooker and mash all the ingredients using a potato masher until all the dals and vegetables get a smooth texture.  

  7. In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil or ghee. Add the other thinly sliced onions and sauté until it turns soft. Next add chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turns soft and releases its juices.

  8. Stir in the dhansak masala paste and cook until the raw smell of the paste is gone. This would take about 4 to 5 minutes.

  9. Pour the dal vegetable mashed mixture into this masala and cook on low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes.

  10. Once well simmered, turn of the heat and squeeze in the lemon juice and add in the chopped coriander leaves. Stir well and the Vegetable Dhansak is ready. 

  11. Serve the Vegetable Dhansak along with brown rice or a Homemade Butter Naan for a wholesome weeknight dinner.