Dhan mean grains so it has rice and different lentils, shak means vegetables so mix of grains and vegetables and you have a feast. Its traditionally served with brown rice, kachumber and kababs too.
For brown rice traditionally they brown the sugar so that gives the nice brown color but I dont like the sweet so I added soy sauce and that was giving me umami while it was cooking and flavor was spot on.
so let's start
Dhan Shak Ingredients :
2 cup Tuver dal - split chickpea yellow lentils
1/2 cup masor dal - red split lentils
1/4 cup Chana Dal
1/4 cup Mung dal - Yellow Split lentils
1 cup diced pumpkin or sweet potatoes
1/2 cup greens - either methi , spinach, kale
handful chopped mint leaves
1 green onion chopped
2 chopped tomato
1 potato cut in big chunks
1 large red onions sliced thinly
1 cup chopped eggplant
2 green chilies or as per our spice level
1 cup soaked and dry soy chunks
handful chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp. Turmeric Powder
1 tbsp. Cumin and coriander powder
1 tbsp. Ground ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp. Kashmiri red chili powder
1/2 tbsp. Red Chili powder
3 tbsp. oil
Salt as per taste
Wash all lentils and soaked separately at least for 2 hours.
Before use it , wash again and keep it aside.
Heat a pressure cooker and add oil in it.
Fry the onions until its brown , then add green chilies, and ginger garlic paste, cook till raw smells goes away. Then add all spices and mix it and cook for a minute on low flame.
Add all the vegetables and mix it with the spices. Check the seasoning as per your taste.
Leave some coriander leaves for garnished.
Add dal in it and add enough water to cover the dals and vegetables. Pressure cook till 3 whistle.
Let the air pressure goes normally.
By the time let's make the rice.
Rice Ingredients :
2 cup rice
1 chopped red onion
1 Bay leaf
2 green whole cardamom pods
1 tsp. cumin seeds
salt as per taste , we are going to use soy sauce too so don't add more taste
instead of water, you can use vegetable stock for more flavor
1 tsp. Soy sauce , if you want to use sugar, then skip this and 2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. oil
Wash and soak the rice for 2 hours too.
In a big pan, add oil and fry the onions till its brown.
If you are adding sugar, take out the onion and in the same pan add sugar and caramelized it.
Add a cup of hot water and melt the sugar and then add the fried onions back.
If you are not using sugar then after frying the onions, Add rice in it and stir for about 5 minutes.
Add the whole spices in it and cook for a minute.
Now add 3 and half cups of warm water / stock and salt.
Once it comes to boil, lower the flame and cook the rice till the water is absorbed and its cooked.
ALWAYS , allows the rice to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Let's make kachumber :
Kachumber (Red onion, tomato and cucumber salad)
1 medium red onions finely sliced or matchstick slices, what ever way you prefer, make sure you do the same way for tomato and cucumber too
1 tomato chopped
1 small green chili chopped
salt as per taste
Lime juice as per taste
1 tsp. olive or vegetable oil
fresh chopped mint and coriander leaves
Chopped all vegetables and herbs and all the salt, lime juice and oil and mix it and serve it with the dhan shak platter