Chicken Dhansak

Dhansak is a traditional Parsi dish with lentils. It is often served in restaurants with pineapple chunks, and therefore has been called a 'sweet & sour' style Indian dish. You can add pineapple chunks if you wish, however this is not the traditional way, so we have excluded them here. This hearty dish is delicious, and lentils add a wonderful texture and wholesome bite.

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Serves 4

300g red lentils (or yellow gram lentils)
1 large potato, peeled and roughly chopped
150g fresh spinach, washed thoroughly
450g chicken breast, skin removed and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or 1 tbsp. butter)
100g chopped tomatoes (tinned is fine)
2 tbsp. Patak’s Tikka Masala Curry Paste
2 tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped
Salt, to taste
Cooked basmati rice, to serve


  1.  Wash the lentils in several changes of water   and leave to soak while you prepare the   other ingredients.

  2.  In a pan heat 1 tbsp. of oil and fry the   chicken for a few minutes until it is browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set   aside.

  3.  In the same pan heat the remaining oil and   add the onion. Fry for a few minutes before   adding the Patak’s Tikka Masala Curry   Paste.

  4.  Sprinkle in some water and stir well. Leave   to cook for 2 minutes before draining the   lentils and adding to the pan. Pour in   enough water to cover with about 1 cm   above the lentils

  5.  Allow to cook for 10 minutes before adding   in the potatoes. Check there is enough water and add more if required.

  6.  Stir and leave to cook for a further 10-15   minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked   through and the lentils are broken down.

  7.  Stir in the tomatoes and add the chicken.   Bring back to the boil before stirring   through the spinach.
  8.  Check the seasoning and adjust the salt if   necessary.
  9.  Finally sprinkle in the fresh coriander and   serve with fresh hot basmati rice.