Dhansak Dal


  • 2 cups tuvar dal
  • ½ cup masoor dal
  • ½ cup chana dal
  • 1 cup mung dal
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 potato, unpeeled
  • ½ cup pumpkin (white and yellow)
  • ½ cup carrots and any other vegetable you prefer
  • 1 tbsp dhansak masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • red chilli powder
  • water
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • chopped coriander
  • soy granules (optional)


Cook all the dals in a pressure cooker along with the potato, pumpkin and carrots. In a saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic till the onions are translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, dhansak masala, red chilli, cumin and coriander powders and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Once the dals are cooked, add the tomato-onion mixture with the dal and vegetables and puree in a blender. Simmer this puree for about 15 minutes with a bay leaf. Add some soaked and drained soy granules if you prefer. Garnish with lemon juice and chopped coriander.

Serves 6-8