My partner always orders a Dhansak from our local Indian Takeaway, so I thought I would try a homemade version! He thought it was delicious! Result! Not only was it so tasty it was also less calories and more protein. A much healthier version of his favourite takeaway. I made my homemade Chapati’s to serve with it too. Perfect Fakeaway dish.
Makes 2 Servings
1 red onion – chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 red chilli – finely diced
1 tsp mustard seeds
4 cardamon pods – crushed
2 tsp mild curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100 g red lentils rinsed
2 chicken breasts
4 tomatoes – chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
300ml vegetable stock
Juice 1/2 lemon or lime
fresh coriander to garnish
salt & pepper to season
Heat a little oil in a deep pan, fry the spices, ginger and chillies for a minute or until mustard seeds start to pop.
Lower the heat and add in the onions and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
Add the red lentils and mix.
Then add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, bring to the boil. Gently lower the chicken breasts into the sauce. Lower the heat and simmer covered for about 1 hour.
Add the juice of the lemon or lime. Take 2 forks and shred the chicken breasts, stir and cook uncovered on a higher heat for a further few minutes. If the sauce is too runny just bring to the boil to thicken for a few minutes or add cornflour to thicken.
Remove the cardamon pods and serve onto plates. Garnish with coriander. Serve with the Chapati’s.
This recipe also tastes even better the day after. Yummy!
Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, originating among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Dhansak is made by cooking mutton or goat meat traditionally with a mixture of lentils and vegetables.
You could try this recipe also with prawns or lamb. Yummy too!
After visiting a Thai restaurant a few weeks ago I was inspired to try my own version, so I decided on a Thai Massaman, absolutely delicious! (if I do say so myself..lol) I just love the freshness and spice at the same time. You could of course cook this with beef also, which would be nice. I decided on chicken as I had loads in my freezer to use up. So here goes:-
2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 stalk of lemongrass, finely chopped
1 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons massaman paste – I use a medium heat one.
1/2 block (100g) creamed coconut or 1/2 can coconut cream
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Handful of peanuts
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple pieces (optional)
Heat up the oil in a fry pan and add the diced onions, with the ginger, lemongrass and garlic until browned and aromatic.
Add in the massaman paste and cook for about 1 minute
Put in the chicken and brown on all sides
Add in the rest of the ingredients, stock, coconut cream, sugar, soy sauce, cinnamon, and tamarind paste and mix. Gently bring to the boil and reduce to a low heat. Cover with a lid and slow cook for about 3 hours.
30 minutes before ready add in the pineapple (if using) and peanuts, stir.
If there is too much liquid just gently boil for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens or add in a tbsp of cornflour mix.
Before serving gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart and mix through.
You can serve with rice but we went for my Chapati’s instead…..ideal for soaking up the sauce.