Perzen fell in love with Parsi food after her marriage. Her favourite dishes have to be her Grandmom's Prawn Curry closely followed by the Parsi Dhandar-Patio!

This is probably the reason why she loves taking old recipes from a cookbook or by talking to someone and seeing how it can be simplified for the modern kitchen. Perzen has been awarded India's Best Regional Food Blogger in 2014 and 2015 by the Food Bloggers' Association of India. And, more importantly has served over 1500 litres of Dhansak to more than 4000 happy customers! Her favourite cities for food have to be New York and Sydney simply because of the sheer diversity of different cuisines. On a mission to spread happiness through Dhansak and other Parsi delicacies, Perzen Patel is the Bawi Bride.

Mutton Dhansak

Serves: 4 people
Cooking times: 1 hour 10



For the Meat
  • 600g Boneless Mutton
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger Garlic Paste
For the Dal
  • 800ml Mutton Stock
  • 200g Toor Dal
  • 50g Brinjal
  • 50g Fresh Methi Leaves
  • 75g Pumpkin
  • 3 Chillies
  • ½ Cup Coriander
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 1 tsp. Tumeric Powder
  • ½ tsp. Red Chilli Powder
For the Tadka
  • 1 tbsp. Ghee
  • 1 tbsp. Dhansak Masala
  • 1 tbsp.Parsi Sambhar Masala
  • 175g Tomatoes
  • 8 Curry Leaves
  • 4 Drumsticks



  1. Marinate mutton for atleast 30 mins in ginger garlic paste and salt
  2. Pressure cook the mutton for 3 whistles and 10 mins on slow
  3. Boil drumstick piece in salted water, squeeze out the juice
  4. Chop all the vegetables and keep aside
  5. In a pressure cooker, add the mutton stock, vegetables, dal, turmeric and red chilli powder. Cook for 3 whistles and 10 minutes on slow.
  6. In another pan, add ghee to make the tadka.  Add in the tomatoes and cook for 4 – 5 mins until soft.
  7. Now, add in the Dhansak Masala, Sambhar Masala and Curry leaves  and cook for 6 - 7 mins.
  8. After the cooker with the dal opens, add in the tadka and drumstick. Blend until dal is smooth.
  9. Now add in the mutton and simmer for another 10 minutes on slow heat
  10. Serve with Caramelised Brown Rice and Kachubar
  11. Replace with chicken and chicken stock if making Chicken Dhansak or with plain water and no meat for Veg Dhansak


Recipe tip: Dhansak must be served with Caramelised Brown Rice and Kachubar. Recipes for both of these dishes can be found on the Bawi Bride website.