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Bite Me Spices ‘Many Veggies’ Dhansak


A customer at a recent event commented that we don’t have many vegetable based recipes on the recipe blog. It’s true and something I promised to rectify.

So here’s the first, using our two-part Dhansak Spice Kit. It’s simple and can be done in the slow cooker if you have one.

You can use any vegetables you have in the fridge/cupboard. This was our selection below.

Ingredients Serves 4-6

2 medium onions, halved and sliced finely

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 bay leaf (optional)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2cm ginger, grated

1 large potato, cubed

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 swede

1/2 cauliflower, in small florets

75g green lentils

75g reg lentils

100g green beans

1 red/1 green pepper, sliced

1 pint vegetable stock

400g tin chopped tomatoes


Coriander to serve.


  • Heat oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Add sliced onions and bay leaf and fry gently for minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add chopped garlic and ginger. Stir and fry for a further 5 minutes. Onions should be slightly golden and soft.

  • Add root vegetables only at this point. Add Spice Mix 1, the vegetable stock and tomatoes. (Slow cooker users, transfer to a slow cooker now)

  • Let simmer for 40 minutes on a low heat with a lid on if you have one.

  • Add Spice Mix 2 and the lentils. Add any remaining vegetables .

  • Stir and replace the lid for a further 40 minutes. Vegetables should be cooked through. Pierce a chunk of root vegetables to make sure.

  • Season with salt as desired and serve

Note: Slow cooker users, timings altogether was 1 hour 30 minutes for the root vegetables, then 41 hour once the remaining vegetables are added. You may need to add a little extra stock or water in the slow cooker.

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