Friday, February 22, 2013

Do u know what ' Dhansak is' ...

Do u know what ' Dhansak is' ...
What is Dhansak? Dhansak is an Indian meat and lentil curry.
Dhansak is a Parsi dish. Dhansak are two words: Dhan and Sak.
Dhan means split beans like Chickpeas, Pigeon peas, Moong, Urad, Masoor, dried green and yellow peas.
The dish may contain one or more of these Dal. Most common beans used are Lentils (Masoor) and Pigeon-peas (Toor).
Sak refers to vegetables. Both green and starchy vegetables are used. In addition to beans and vegetables, chicken or mutton may be added.
Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, especially popular among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine.
In Parsi homes, dhansak is traditionally made on Sundays owing to the long preparation time.
Dhansak consists of lentils, vegetables, spices, cumin seeds, ginger, and garlic together with meat and either gourd or pumpkin. Within the Parsi community, dhansak usually contains goat meat or mutton; it is rarely made with other meats, or without meat.
Outside of India, some variants of dhansak use pineapple chunks for sweetness, however the traditional recipes never contain fruit, instead favoring the subtle sweetness of pumpkin, squash or gourd.
A paste typically is made from garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and cinnamon sticks. Also includes fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds and red chili powder. Some variations also contain star anise and nutmeg. Other ingredients characteristic of dhansak include garam masala, cardamom, cloves, chilies and tumeric. The sour element of this curry is provided by tamarind paste, and the sweetness is provided by sugar or jaggery. Serve with steamed basmati rice or chapatis.

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