Paris New Year also known as Pateti or Navroz will be celebrated by Indians tomorrow that is on August 17th. This festival is usually celebrated by Iranians all across the globe on March 21. The first day of Farvardin month is observed as Parsi New Year around the world, however in India it is followed according to the Kadmi and Shahenshahi calendar. That’s how the dates are decided in India.  Even today, Parsis follow the traditional rituals that have been observed since 3000 years. The highlight of this festival for  non-parsis is definitely their cuisine. Parsi cuisine is popular for its distinct taste. And since tomorrow is Parsi New Year, we can’t wait to feast on some authentic and delicious Parsi dishes. Now if you do not have Parsi friends who will call you over to join in their celebration, you could just make some dishes at home. We shared with you the recipe of Berry Pulao that is a traditional Parsi dish. Now we will share with you the recipe of Dhansak which is another popular, traditional Parsi food.

Dhansak is a combination of Persian and Gujrati ingredients. It is basically, dal cooked with mutton/chicken and is usually served with brown rice. So here is the recipe of Dhansak by Vah Chef.

Ingredients you will need:

You can use two types of masala to prepare this dish- dry or wet masala. So this is what you need for dry masala:

1 star anise

3 cloves

3 cardamoms

3 red chilies

½ tsp of cumin seeds

½ tsp of  kasuri methi

½ tsp of peppercorns

Ingredients needed for wet masala:

10 red chilies


1 small stick of cinnamon

2 star anise

2 potatoes

3 tomatoes

1 tsp of coriander seeds

½ tsp of peppercorns

4 cardamoms

½ cumin seeds

3 cloves

2 bay leaves

1 tsp of ginger garlic paste

A pinch of fenugreek seeds

6 green chilies

A bunch of coriander leaves that needs to be chopped

3 tsp of oil


3 tsp of moong dal

3 tsp of channa dal

3 tsp of toovar dal

3 tsp of masoor dal

100 gms of pumpkin

75 gms of eggplant


1/4 tsp of turmeric powder


500 gms of mutton( depending on how many people to serve)

¼ cup of tamarind juice

1 tsp of jiggery

1 tsp of ghee

How to prepare:

The first thing to do is dry roast all the ingredients of dry masala. Heat a pan and add the ingredients that we mentioned under dry masala, dry roast it till the raw smell goes off and then just keep it aside.

Now take another pan, take all the ingredients of the wet masala and  dry roast them. You need to add peppercorns, star anise, cardamom, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chili and fenugreek seeds. Dry roast these and turn off the gas. Now you need to add dill leaves, coriander leaves that are chopped and some green chilies. Put all of these into the mixer and grind by adding some water. You will see that it has become a fine paste.

Now take a pressure cooker and add oil in it and heat it. Add all the dal to the oil along with eggplant pieces, potatoes, tomatoes and pumpkin with some water and the masalas ( turmeric, salt). Cook this for sometime and wait till the cooker gives out 4 whistles.

Now take one more pressure cooker and add onions, salt, bay leaves, ginger garlic paste and fry till the color of the onion is changed. Then add mutton pieces to this add some more water and cook till it gives out 4 whistles.  Then add the cooked dals, wet masala or dry masala with some water based on how much gravy you need.

Then add tamarind juice, ghee and jaggery and let all this mixture cook for sometime till the spices are cooked. Your Dhansak is ready to eat.  Here is the full video of the recipe.  You can watch this video for easy reference.

Make this delicious dish at home and enjoy Parsi New Year by relishing the traditional Dhansak.