Lamb Dhansak Recipe

Lamb Dhansak is a popular Parsi recipe in which lamb is cooked along with lentil. Learn how to make/prepare Lamb Dhansaak by following this easy recipe.
Lamb Dhansak Recipe
Difficulty Average
Rating 4.3 / 10 (4 votes)
Recipe Type Non Veg.
  • 100 g Red Lentils
  • 500 g Butternut Squash (peeled and chopped into chunks)
  • 2 Onions (roughly chopped)
  • 400 g chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1½ tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 4 Cardamom Pods (squashed)
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 400 g lean diced Lamb
  • Thumb-sized piece of root Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
  • 2-3 Green Chilies (sliced)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Small bunch of Coriander (chopped)
How to make Lamb Dhansak:
  • Combine lentils, butternut squash, onions, and tomatoes in a large saucepan.
  • Add turmeric and salt.
  • Pour water, enough to cover the contents.
  • Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes, until the lentils turn tender.
  • Dry roast cumin, coriander, and cardamom in a small pan, until you can smell the aroma.
  • Remove and grind to a fine powder.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan and add lamb pieces in small batches. Brown on all sides and transfer in a large plate.
  • Add the ground spices in the same pan. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Mix and cook for few minutes.
  • Add lamb pieces and cooked lentils, squash, onions, and tomatoes. Pour 200 ml water and stir well.
  • Cover the pan and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover and cook for another 30 minutes, until the lamb turns soft and sauce thickens.
  • Sprinkle garam masala and coriander.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and chapattis.