Sunday, 19 April 2015

Vegetarian Dhan Shaak

Dhaan Shaak is one of those rare preparations which have the most mundane ingredients, but they concoct something really delicious. It is healthy, flavourful and make for a hearty meal. Best eaten with rice or bread. It is one of our favourite meals now at home. My husband simply loves it and so do I.

I have adapted the recipe from the blog called It is an excellent recipe.

Ingredients for the paste:
8-10 garlic cloves
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 green chillies

1" piece of ginger, chopped
2 tsp red chilli powder
1" piece of cinnamon
2-3 cloves
Grind all the ingredients in a mixer with 3-4 tbsp water. I will give you a coarse paste.

Ingredients to pressure cook
1/2 cup pumpkin, chopped
2 small brinjals, chopped
1 medium sized potato
1/4 cup bottle gourd (lauki), chopped
1/4 cup tur dal

1tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp black urad
1 tbsp green moong
2 tbsp masoor dal
1/2 tbsp kasuri methi
Pressure cook them (4-5 whistles) with enough water. Put aside.

Other ingredients:
Onions- 2 chopped in juliennes, 1 finely chopped
1 medium sized tomato, finely chopped
2-3 tsp tamarind paste (I used store-bought one)
1-2 tsp oil or enough oil to fry
2-3 tbsp ghee

Once the pressure cooker is cool, open it carefully. Now, with a hand blender churn the cooked vegetables and dals into a thick paste like mixture. Keep aside.

Now, you can either fry the onion juliennes or you can make them crisp in a microwave. Rub onion juliennes in 1-2 tsp oil and put them in the microwave for 10-15 minutes on medium to high speed. Get crisp onions without excess oil!

Now heat ghee in a deep pan. Fry the coarse paste on slow to medium heat for about 5 minutes. You will know once it starts giving out wonderful aroma of spices. Then add finely chopped onions and cook till they become translucent. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook till the entire mixture becomes like a coarse paste.Add tamarind paste, cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the churned mixture of veggies and dals and mix well.
Add water if you find it too thick. Simmer for 8-10 minutes on medium heat and stir frequently.
Your vegetarian dhaan shaak is ready. Serve with bread/pav/steamed rice. You can serve the crisp onions on side or use them as garnish.

Chalo Jamva!

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