I especially enjoyed the Oriental dishes under the International recipes. It was something like I have never tasted before. The hot and sour chicken really did do my belly right. I also became a big fan of the Chicken Dhansak and Channa Dal Vada prepared with West Indian recipes.
I can’t wait to look through some more of the recipes and make some more new stuff. I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end.
I have made this Indian Chicken Dhansak recipe. Dhansak is a traditional Parsi dish with lentils. Parsi food like this Chicken Dhansak recipe offers a unique blend of spices which are quite appetising and nutritious. This hearty dish is a delicious and lentils add a wonderful texture and wholesome bite.
Chicken Dhansak is one of the most flavor some and famous Parsi curry dishes. This has been achieved with help of Fortune Rice Bran Health oil which made the entire difference to the recipe.
- 500g Boneless chicken and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup mixed lentils - chana dhal, Moong dhal, red massoor dhal and toovar dhal (1/4 cup each)
- 4 Tablespoons ghee
- 2 red onions finely chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 red bell pepper roughly chopped
- 1 potato peeled and cubes
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 3 handfuls of fresh spinach chopped
- 3 Tablespoons fresh coriander
- 1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
- 3 green cardamom
- 1 finger sized piece of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground fennugreek
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- Salt to taste
Soak the lentils in a bowl overnight. Cook the lentils for about an hour or until they are soft. Mash them and set aside, while you prepare the other ingredients.
Fill a pan with Fortune Rice Bran Health oil and fry the chicken for a few minutes until it is browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Heat the ghee in a large pan. Add the masala ingredients with enough water to make a paste add to the pan. Throw in the onion and garlic and fry over low heat until golden brown – about 30 minutes. Do not burn the garlic.
Now add the tomatoes, sugar, mashed lentils and the other vegetables and pour in just enough water to cover with about 1 cm above the lentils. Allow to cook for 10 minutes before adding in the potatoes. Check there is enough water and add more if required. Stir and leave to cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through and the lentils are broken down. Stir in the tomatoes and add the chicken. Bring back to the boil before stirring through the spinach.
Check the seasoning and adjust the salt if necessary. Chicken Dhansak is ready - Serve Dhansak hot with basmati rice and and green salad.
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