Chicken Dhansak

Chicken Dhansak. This looks tricky, but I assure you
it’s really easy!
Step 1
  • 150g Yellow Split Peas
  • 50g Red Lentils
  • 1 Red Onion (Chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Tumeric
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Crushed)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
Place all Ingredients except the Garlic & Butter into a saucepan with 1 ltr Boiling Water & 1 tsp Salt, boil gently for 40 mins then drain off any excess water. Fry the Garlic in butter for 2 mins then add the drained lentils, mix & fry for 2 extra mins. Set Aside.
Step 2
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Green Pepper
  • 15-20g Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Green Finger Chillies
  • Small Handful of Fresh Coriander
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 200ml Water
Add all ingredients (chopped Roughly) to a saucepan, cover & genlty boil for 20 mins or until soft. When cooked place into a blender & whizz to a puree. Set Aside.
Step 3
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Crushed)
  • 1 Onion (Finely Sliced)
  • 4 Green Cardomom Pods
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 400g Chicken Breast (Cubed)
  • 4 Heaped Tsp Curry Paste
  • 4 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Fresh Coriander (Chopped)

Heat The Oil in a pan or wok & add the Garlic, Cardomoms & Bay leaves and slowly fry until the garlic is golden. Add the Onion and fry gently until soft. Add the Curry Paste, Sugar, Lemon Juice & cook for 1 min (Stirring Continuously) then add then Vegetable Puree that you set aside, also add the Tomato Puree & cook for 3-4 mins. Add the Chicken Breast & cook for 2 mins until the Chicken has colour, add 100ml water & cook for a further 2 minutes, then turn down the heat, cover & simmer for 20 minutes. Add the cooked Lentils that you set aside earlier, stir and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the chopped coriander, stir once again (add a little water if nessasary) & serve with Basmati rice or Naan Bread. Enjoy!

Serves 4
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3 thoughts on “Chicken Dhansak

  1. When I made this one, my hubby said it was good enough to serve at a dinner party! 🙂 I think that was a ‘thumbs up!’…

    The long list of ingredients and instructions looked a bit daunting but it wasn’t laborious at all. Was relatively quick and simple to make and was another hit from Project Spice! Nice one.

  2. I try new recipes all the time yet this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to write a review.

    I made this on Saturday night using king prawns instead of chicken and it was as good as the best restaurant dhansaks I’ve eaten (and as my favourite curry I’ve eaten more than a few!). Delicious!

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