Recipe- Sweet And Sour Lamb Dhansak

By: Kratika Mon, 27 June 2022 10:54 PM

Recipe- Sweet and Sour Lamb Dhansak

This Parsi dish is basically a rustic, one-pot lamb stew cooked with lentils, vegetables, tamarind and spices . And it’s smashing. It’s typically eaten with the whole family as a weekend meal, and you can see why. It has tang from the tamarind, heat from the chillies and sweetness from the vegetables that all come together creating a pretty special balance of flavours. Something for everyone, really.

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Lamb Dhansak Ingredients

500g leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into chunks

Lentil and Vegetable Mixture

60g toor dhal split
60g masoor dhal split
60g urid dhal split
1 small aubergine, chopped into large chunks
½ small pumpkin, chopped into large chunks
1 medium onion, chopped in chunks
15 fresh mint leaves, chopped

Dry Spices

1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
4 cm stick cassia bark
4 green cardamoms
4 whole black peppercorns
1 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves

Wet Paste

6 cloves garlic
3 cm piece of ginger
2 chillies


2 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, diced
3 tomatoes, diced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp tamarind paste
Handful of coriander, chopped

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Lamb Dhansak Method

Lentil and vegetable mixture

- Put all the lentils, vegetables, onions and mint into a pan with 1L of water and some salt.

- Bring this to the boil and leave to simmer for 20 minutes until the lentils have cooked through.

Dry spices and Wet paste

- Place all the dry spices into a spice grinder and blend to a fine powder.

- Place this powder into a blender with the garlic, ginger and chillies and grind to make an aromatic paste. Add a splash of water to loosen if required.


- Heat the oil and start to fry the diced onions until they are golden brown (approx. 20 minutes).

- Once the onions are browned add the spice paste along with the turmeric and fry for a few minutes until golden.

- Add the tomatoes and tamarind then stir for about 5 minutes until the masala is thick and glossy.

- On a high heat, stir in the lamb and coat with the masala. After about 5 minutes add the cooked lentil mixture and leave this to simmer on a low heat for about 30-40 minutes. Make sure you stir occasionally as this can catch the bottom of the pan.

- Once the meat is tender check the seasoning and adjust if required.

- Throw in the fresh coriander to serve.

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