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Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice & Kachumbar

Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice & Kachumbar

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mutton Dhansak with Brown Rice & Kachumbar







I am so very excited to share today’s recipe with my fellow kooky cooks.

Dhansak is one dish that I have been meaning to make for the longest time but was a bit nervous thinking it was way too time consuming and elaborate with an over-stretched ingredients list. Glad to say I was proved wrong.

A few weeks back, I had this famous Parsi mutton and rice dinner at my friend Meher’s place. Having got the recipe from her, I mustered the courage to try it in my own kitchen.

Dhansak is a stew of mutton, dals and vegetables served over brown rice alongside some kachumbar.

Vegetables to be used include pumpkin, aubergine and small fenugreek leaves. If you can’t get hold of the latter, skip the leaves but don’t substitute with regular or dry variants.

Mutton dhahsak is the most authentic version although you do get chicken and vegetable dhansak as well.

The brown rice is actually white rice which is cooked in caramalised water.  It should become very brown, something I didn’t achieve in my first attempt (mine turned out a pale brown).

Kachumbar is a mixture of finely chopped onions and tomatoes with some chilli and coriander. You can also add a chopped cucumber if you wish.

I used ready prepared dhansak masala; it is available in most Indian grocery stores. Meher’s family use the Mangal brand which they say comes closest to the homemade version so I managed to get a packet from them.

There is one more component to dhansak which I skipped – kebabs.

one of the most satisfying dinner experience you will have

Enjoy with some chilled beer.


Ingredients for Dhansak

500 Grams mutton (preferably on the bone)

1/2 Cup tuvar dal

1/2 Cup masoor dal

125 Grams Pumpkin

4 Baby aubergine

4 Ripe tomato

2 Onions

2 Tablespoons ginger-garlic paste

2 1″ cinnamon sticks

4-5 Cloves

4-5 Whole peppercorns

3 Green cardamom

3 Black cardamom

2 Bayleaf

1-2 Tablespoons dhansak masala

2 Teaspoons turmeric powder

1 Tablespoon chilli powder

1-2 Teaspons jaggery powder (or a small lump of jaggery)

1-2 Tablespoons oil

Salt to taste


  1. Soak the tuvar dal for 5-6 hours.
  2. Clean the mutton and apply a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste.
  3. Cook the mutton in about 2 cups of water till tender.
  4. Drain the stock and set aside.
  5. Wash and cube the pumpkin (I didn’t peel it).
  6. Wash and cube the aubergine.
  7. Wash the masoor dal.
  8. Place the two dals, chopped vegetables, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of salt into a pot. Cook till meltingly soft. (You can do this in a pressure cooker if you wish).
  9. Once the dal and vegetables are cooked, mash them with the back of a spoon and set aside.
  10. Wash and puree the tomato.
  11. Peel, wash and chop the onion.
  12. Heat the oil in a large pot.
  13. Once it is hot, add the cinnamon stick, clove, peppercorn, cardamom and bayleaf.
  14. Lower the heat and add the onion along with salt to taste.
  15. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  16. Uncover and add 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  17. Add the tomato puree.
  18. Stir well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  19. Uncover and add the mutton, dal and vegetable mixture, dhansak masala, jaggery and chilli powder.
  20. At this stage, check for consistency. If you feel that it needs some water, add the mutton stock. But keep in mind that the dhansak should be fairly thick, not watery.
  21. Mix well and check for salt.
  22. Cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  23. Take off the heat and keep aside till ready to serve.


Ingredients for Brown Rice

1 Cup white rice

2 Onions

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon ghee


  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  2. Peel, wash and slice the onion.
  3. Take a pot to cook the rice in.
  4. Heat the ghee in it and when it has melted, add the sugar.
  5. Lower the heat and keep stirring till the sugar melts. It will become brown as it starts caramelising.
  6. Once the sugar has caramalised, add the sliced onions.
  7. Mix well, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. By the end, the onions should be nicely brown.
  8. Drain the rice and add to the browned onions, along with some salt.
  9. Gently mix.
  10. Add 2 cups of water, increase the heat and bring to boil.
  11. Once it reaches rolling boil, lower the heat, cover and cook for about 25 minutes till the rice is full cooked.
  12. Once cooked, take off the heat and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Ingredients for Kachumbar

2 Onion

2 Ripe tomato

1 Cucumber (optional)

2 Green chilli

Small bunch fresh coriander

Juice of 1 lime or lemon

Salt to taste


  1. Peel, wash and finely chop the onion.
  2. Wash and finely dice the tomato.
  3. Wash and finely chop the cucumber, if using.
  4. Wash, dry and finely chop the coriander.
  5. Wash and finely slice the chilli.
  6. Mix all the ingredients and chill for half hour before serving.

Serving Dhansak

  1. Serve some brown rice on a plate.
  2. Ladle dhansak on top of the rice.
  3. Serve kachumbar on the side.


Keema Matar/Minced Meat with Peas, The Indian Way

Keema Matar/Minced Meat with Peas, The Indian Way









Keema (minced meat) and matar (green peas) cooked in tomatoes and spices is one of my favourite Indian meat dishes.

Today’s recipe features minced mutton but you can adapt it to any kind of minced meat including lamb, beef, pork and chicken.

scooped with some roti or bread, keema matar is totally scrumptious

One of the good things about keema matar is how adaptable it is. Any leftover can be used as a sandwich filling, along with some fresh salad.

Or, break a couple of eggs over the minced meat while you are heating it. Wait till the eggs become firm and have this on toast.

Or, boil and mash some potatoes and mix these with the leftover keema matar to make fritters.

The possibilities are endless…

The following servers 4 people.


500 Grams minced meat of your choice

250 Grams shelled peas

3 Large onions

3 Large, ripe tomatoes

4 Tablespoons tomato puree

3 Tablespoons paste of ginger and garlic

3 Tablespoons soured yoghurt

4 Whole black cardamom

6 Whole green cardamom

2 Sticks cinnamon

6 Whole black peppercorns

6 Whole cloves

2 Bay leaves

1 Teaspoon turmeric

1 Teaspoon chilli powder

2 Teaspoons powdered garam masala

2 Tablespoons kasoori methi/dried fenugreek leaves (optional)

1 Tablespoon oil

Salt to taste


  1. Peel, wash and chop the onions.
  2. Wash and dice the tomatoes.
  3. Heat the oil in a wide based frying pan.
  4. Once it is hot, lower the heat and add the whole spices (whole black and green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and black peppercorns along with the bay leaves).
  5. Stir around a bit. At this stage, you can remove the spices with a slotted spoon if you don’t like them whole in your dish. Personally, I like their taste and enjoy chewing on them along with the meat so I leave them in.
  6. Next, add the diced onions. Add a pinch of salt, cover and let the onions cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Once the onions are cooked, add the paste of ginger garlic. Leave uncovered, stir and let this cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes, turmeric and chilli powder.
  9. Mix well, cover and let the mixture cook for about 5 to 7 minutes till the tomatoes are soft and squishy.
  10. Add the minced meat, breaking it down with the back of your spoon or spatula.
  11. Combine well and cook the meat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  12. Add the yoghurt, garam masala, tomato puree and salt to taste. Also add 2 cups of water. Mix, cover and let the meat cook for about 45 minutes on low heat.
  13. Check in between to make sure it is not sticking to the base of the pan.
  14. After 45 minutes, remove the lid. At this stage, the water should have evaporated.
  15. Throw in the peas and kasoori methi (if using), cover and cook for 10 minutes till the peas are cooked through.
  16. Take the frying pan off the heat but don’t open the lid.
  17. Let the keema mater sit for 10 minutes before serving.


  1. You can add more chilli powder if you like your food spicy.
  2. Although kasoori methi is optional, if you have some do add it. It enhances the taste.

the end result is a dry meat dish

Goes very well with any type of bread including naan, roti, tortilla and crusty roll.