One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make. Filling and providing a huge amount of your daily protein requirement it also comes in at only 437 calories too!
If you’re a lover of a good curry then you’re going to love this one pot chicken dhansak recipe.
It’s just packed full of flavour and I’ve managed to get that flavour from a handful of store cupboard spices rather than an endless list, which I’ve seen in some comparable dhansak recipes.
There’s hints of cinnamon and chilli here and the spices aren’t overpowering keeping it a mild curry suitable for anyone!
Regular followers of Neil’s Healthy Meals will know that I’m all about making my own recipes from scratch, and in doing that I also want to make them as easy as possible for anyone to follow along and to try to make their own from scratch too.
This one pot chicken dhansak is designed to do just that. I believe that it’s restaurant quality too because it’s as near as the chicken dhansak that was my staple “go-to” curry whenever my friends and I went out to our local curry house in Dundee.
Ah, those were the days! 😉
When I went out for my first ever restaurant curry I’d just started work as a Kitchen Porter, part time, at a local hotel in Dundee in order to fund my university
studies beer money.
Looking up and down the curry menu I had no idea as to what to order. It was so exotic and new to me, with options like “sag aloo” and “chicken jalfrezi”.
I settled on a chicken dhansak because it sounded really tasty and because I recognised the ingredients!
I could see it was a lightly spiced red lentil based dish. And of course it had chicken!
That probably wasn’t very adventurous of me but it became what I would order every time, just because I loved it so much!
So I’m hoping today that when you give my one pot chicken dhansak recipe a try you find it just as delicious as I did that first time.
Of course this one though is much more healthier made with far less oil that you would normally find in a traditional Indian restuarant curry. Not that I’m against one of those once in a while, but Lady Lynne and I like to eat curry every week so it has to be a healthier version or we wold be the size of houses! 😉
One pot chicken dhansak is a delicious home made lentil curry infused with spices that is so easy to make.
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 6 cardamom pods crushed with skin removed
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- ¼ cinnamon
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 & 1/2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 6 tomatoes roughly chopped
- 300 g red split lentils
- 600 ml chicken stock
- 2 tsp salt
- 750 g chopped chicken breasts
- Freshly ground coriander
- Gently heat oil
- Add spices and gently fry for about 1 minute until the seeds start to pop, stir to prevent any burning of these spices.
- Add the onion and ginger and garlic paste and cook until the onion is softened for about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add chopped tomatoes and cook until softened for about 10 minutes and keep stirring regularly.
- Carefully remove these cooked ingredients to a blender or use a stick blender to blitz to a paste and then return to the pan.
- Add the lentils and chicken stock, bring the curry to the boil and once boiling turn down to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils have softened. Add extra boiled water from a kettle if necessary then add the salt to taste.
- Add the chopped chicken and cook the chicken within the lentil mixture for about 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve garnished with chopped coriander.
Well folks it’s March next week and whilst that might not mean anything particularly important other than a new month starting, for Lady Lynne and I it does finally mean that the month of our next epic holiday has arrived!
I know, I know, stop banging on about it Neil! I will, sorry. Suffice to say we just can’t wait!
Anyway, please do join me next week, where I promise I won’t make a mention of this holiday and anyway I’m sure you’ll be far more interested in the new easy vegan chilli I’ve got coming your way. 😉
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