Important for Vegetarians – Omitting the meat from this recipe, will make this Dal a Vegetarian Dhansak Dal.
Also known as parsi masala dal.
Note: You will need a pressure cooker also known as Instant Pot.
1 cup yellow lentils (arhar/tuvar daal)
60 gm pumpkin-peeled and diced (about 1/2 cup)
60 gm egg plant/baingan-diced
1 cup fenugreek leaves (methi)-washed and chopped
1 large (125 gm) potato-peeled and diced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 cup (60 gm) oil
1 cup grated onions (250 gm)
2 tsp ginger paste (2 tbsp chopped)
1 cup grated tomatoes (250 gm)
3 Tbsp Dhansak masala
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Cook the dal with pumpkin, eggplant, fenugreek leaves, potatoes, turmeric, a pinch of salt and some water.
Heat oil. Saute onions, garlic and ginger, till they turn light brown.
Add the tomatoes and dhansak masala and saute till fat separates.
Add the dal mixture, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
Mash up all to a smooth puree.
Shut the flame and add lemon juice.
Serve hot with brown rice.