The Indian community in the United Kingdom is now in its third generation, with an estimated population of 1,051,800. Dhansak is a popular dish of Persian origin and should be medium to hot in spiciness. Often containing fruit, this version incorporates the Bramley apple.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50-55 minutes
What you need:
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2cm piece root ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 500g/1lb lamb neck fillet, cubed
- 225g/8oz sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 75g/3oz split red lentils
- 3 tbsp medium curry paste
- 1 400g can tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 400ml/14 fl.oz water
- 25g butter
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 500g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 tbsp tamarind paste (optional)
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- Salt and ground black pepper
- Basmati rice to serve
What you do:
- Heat the oil in a large pan; add the garlic, ginger, chilli and onion and sauté for 5 minutes until the onions are pale and golden. Stir in the lamb, potatoes and lentils and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, puree and water and season with a little salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the lentils have become
- Whilst the lamb simmers, melt the butter and sugar in a non-stick frying pan. Add the Bramley apple slices and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until pale and golden. Set aside.
- 4. Stir the Bramley apple slices into the lamb with the tamarind paste and mint. Cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve hot with basmati rice.
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The Bramley is rightly recognised by professional chefs and home cooks alike as the best apple for cooking. Grown only in Britain, the Bramley’s unique qualities make it one of the most versatile ingredients, equally at home in a savoury stir fry as a traditional apple pie.
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