This post has the Recipe for Vegetarian Dhansak – a veg version of the Parsi Dhansak
Dhansak is a delicious Parsi dish made using a mix of lentils and vegetables and the classic recipe is Mutton Dhansak. But because we vegetarians shouldn’t deprive ourselves from trying out this utterly superlative tasting dish, of course we need to have a vegetarian dhansak version too! Right?! While the meat loving Parsis will label ‘Vegetarian Dhansak’ an abomination, my meatless dhansak is a tasty dish, with the stamp of approval from my Parsi friends 🙂
Parsis are members of the Zoroastrian community that migrated from Persia to India over 1000 years ago to escape religious persecution. Most of them concentrated in the state of Gujarat, adapting the local language and culture as their own. Their cuisine is a unique blend of the vegetarian Gujarati food and the meaty cuisine of Persia.
My Parsi caterer friends, Kurush and Rhea Dalal highly recommend Mangal Dhansak Masala, so I usually order a batch of masalas from their website. Their chai masala is truly heady! They deliver all over India.
There are 3 parts to this recipe. Prepping and cooking the vegetables, cooking the lentils and preparing the curry paste. It is a little elaborate alright but the complex flavours of the dish are totally worth it.
I recommend trying this for your next dinner party, where you can wow your guests with this Parsi Vegetarian Main Course – Vegetable Dhansak, Brown Rice and Kachumber.