Chicken dhansak. Unique yet delicious chicken curry loaded with the goodness of nutritious lentils. Laced with the incredible flavors of authentic dhansak masala, this restaurant favorite is a must try. Brimming with lip-smacking deliciousness!
In fact, food gives you delicious experiences of history, culture and stories of places. No matter where you live, cooking and enjoying good food becomes a huge part of our lives. And in course of time, many recipes travel from one side of the world to another inspiring the creation of several new dishes.
This chicken dhansak curry is one such recipe. Laced with aromatic flavors, the core element, dhansak masala, makes it a unique dish. With its roots in Persian cuisine, the surprisingly delicious combo of lentils and chicken in delectable sauce makes this curry a restaurant favorite.
Chicken Dhansak Recipe
One of the core elements of this recipe is lentils. For the authentic version, you will need four different kinds of lentils – tuvar dal (yellow split pigeon peas), masoor dal (red lentils), urad dal (split black gram) and moong dal (yellow lentils). You can also use one type of lentils to simplify the whole process of cooking lentils. Canned lentils are also a great option when you are time poor.
Rinse and soak all the lentils prior to cooking. Cook them in plenty of water until you get a creamy consistency. Some lentils like masoor dal cooks really quick compared to tuvar dal that requires a longer cooking time.
Next, make the delicious dhansak sauce. Start with sautéing garlic and ginger. The spices like ground turmeric and dhansak masala gives it the much needed flavors. With dhansak masala, you have two options – homemade or store bought. Just like garam masala, you can grind your own dhansak masala at home and store it for months.
Once the spices are sautéed in oil, add some chopped tomatoes or canned tomatoes. Wait them to turn mushy before you add in coriander (cilantro ) and mint leaves. I really love to add plenty of fresh herbs to regular curries I make at home, so coriander and mint obviously accentuate the flavor profile.
Add cooked lentils and chicken to the curry. You can also add some veggies like eggplants and pumpkins. The tangy flavor from tamarind helps this chicken dhansak stand out from regular curries. And it certainly a must addition. Tamarind can be added in the form of soaked block tamarind or tamarind paste.
Finally, sprinkle with dried fenugreek leaves and lemon juice. Absolutely delicious with rice, naan or parathas.
More Authentic Indian Chicken Recipes:
- Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
- Restaurant Style Butter Chicken
- Mango Chicken Curry
- Malabar Chicken Curry
- Indian Chicken Curry – Restaurant Style
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