Chicken Dhansak recipe from the famous Vividh Vani cookbook

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Myth busted about some folks saying chicken dhansak is not traditional.

Chicken Dhansak is one of the OLDEST dishes ! The Vividh Vani cookbook from circa 1800 AD has this recipe!

NOTE this recipe has CHICKEN or MUTTON used. See the words circled below, they say “Marghi” which means “chicken”


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Language used is Gujarati here. A volunteer for translating this to English will be greatly appreciated. Thanks – Rita

Books available on Amazon Manna of the 21st Century: Parsi Cuisine Paperback Hardcover Indian Parsi Kitchen Celebrations: Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Dhansak: Parsi Cuisine


Enjoy learning how to make a very mouth-watering, satisfying and healthy Parsi Dhansak Meal –

Aug 8, 2018, 7:55 pm

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Jun 6, 2019, 9:02 pm

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Aug 8, 2019, 12:18 pm

[…] before we proceeded to feast, Perin tells me, “Don’t ask a Parsi for Dhansak all the time. A plain dhansak is not made on auspicious occasions. It is made on the fourth day […]

RTI 2023 –

Jan 1, 2023, 9:30 pm

[…] 30 years ago, Parsis would bring their own tiffin boxes to the Mumbai eatery, so they could pick up dhansak, khichdi and frilly fish cutlets to take home. Those who opted for the institute’s packaging […]

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