Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dhansak sauce

Dhansak sauce is a savory Indian sauce that you can toss over cooked vegetables and rice to really spice it up!

Dhansak Sauce

Vegetable oil or clarified butter
1/2 t cumin seeds, ground
1/2 t fennel seeds, ground
1/2 t cardamom seeds, ground
1/2 t chili powder
1 t ground coriander
1/2 t cinnamon
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 t fresh ginger, chopped
1 t brown sugar
4 T tomato juice
2 T dried onion flakes
1/2 c garbanzo beans, mashed in their own liquid
3 T hummus
1/4 c spinach leaves, finely chopped
1 t garam masalah (my favorite)
Lemon wedges for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Stir fry all the spices with the garlic and ginger for about a minute.  Add the sugar, tomato juice, onion flakes, beans, and hummus and mix well.  Add a bit of water if needed and simmer for about 3 minutes.  Add spinach, garam masalah, and salt and simmer a few more minutes.  Mix sauce with rice and cooked vegetables and sprinkle with lemon juice.


Rich said...

Any sauce that spices things up quickly is great in my book, but I don't quite know how to pronounce 'Dhansak.'

Cyndi L said...

I don't either! One of my Indian friends says "dan-sik" with the stress on the first syllable, but I don't know if that's standard. Here in New England, lots of things get pronounced wicked weird :-)