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Best Comfort Foods to Pack On The Go – Vegetable Dhansak

Vegetable Dhansak – lunchbox recipe wagon presents a hot lunch you can take to work or school.  Our recipes are quick, easy and less than 30 minutes to cook.  Cook our recipes the night before, refrigerate and reheat the next day.  Or, on the other hand, you can cook our meals and freeze them for next week’s lunch.  Our special today is Vegetable Dhansak

LUNCHBOX RECIPE WAGON: Vegetable Dhansak (Parsi Dhansak)

½ cup split yellow lentils

1 ½ cups peeled and quartered baking or Idaho potatoes

½ cup split dried yellow mung 

Heaped 1 cup chopped onions

½ cup butter or ghee

2 inch piece ginger root, peeled and chopped

4 garlic cloves chopped

3 Green chilies chopped

2 onions chopped

1 tablespoon Dhansak Masala

½ teaspoon Tumeric

2 tomatoes finely chopped

½ tsp. salt


3 1/3 cups water to a boil over a high heat. Add the lentils and mung beans and return the water to a boil. Partially cover the pan, reduce the heat to low  and simmer, stirring occasionally, 35 to 40 minutes until the mixture becomes mushy. Do not burn.


another large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat while the lentils are simmering. Add potatoes and carrots return water to a boil, and boil 20 to 25 minutes until both vegetables are very tender and the potatoes are almost falling apart, and then drain well.


the lentils and any remaining water into a blender. Add the drained potatoes and carrots and blend until the mixture forms a thick puree, set aside. Melt the butter or ghee in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add the ginger, and onions and fry, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes out or until the onions are caramelized.


in the dhansak, masala, tumeric, and salt, then add the tomatoes and cook one minute stirring occasionally. Stir in the Lentil and vegetable mixture and continue stirring two minutes. Serve.


You can carry your hot lunch in a heated lunch tote.


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