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Blogging Marathon# 28: Week 3/ Day 1

Theme: Sindhi Dishes

Dish: Dal Pakwan

My theme for this week’s BM is “Sindhi dishes” and I’m going to start it off with a very indulgent Sindhi dish, ‘Dal Pakwan’. Traditionally this is served for breakfast, I have to say it is very a filling breakfast that one might skip lunch after having this. 

It has 2 main components, dal & pakwan and served with green chutney, tamarind chutney, sliced onions and fried green chilies. Chana dal is used to make the delicious dal. Pakwans are deep fried unpuffed puris that are dunked in the dal and relished along with all the accouterments. The taste was just awesome, it was like explosion of flavors and textures in the mouth.

I referred to Vaishali’s, Alka’s & Tarla Dalal’s recipes and came up with a recipe that is a combination of all three sources. Here’s how I made the dish:

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Dal Pakwan: Yum
Dal Pakwan:
Course breakfast
Cuisine sindhi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Dal:
  • 1 cup Chana dal - soaked for 2-3 hours
  • 1 Onion - large, finely chopped
  • 2 chilies Green -slit
  • 2 Tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander Ground
  • ½ tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp chili powder Red
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
For Pakwan:
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • ½ cup Atta (Wholewheat flour)
  • to taste Salt
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
Other Ingredients:
  • Green Chutney (Mint-Cilantro Chutney)
  • Sweet Chutney (Date-Tamarind Chutney)
  • Onions Chopped
  • Chilies Fried Green (I didn't have these)
Course breakfast
Cuisine sindhi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Dal:
  • 1 cup Chana dal - soaked for 2-3 hours
  • 1 Onion - large, finely chopped
  • 2 chilies Green -slit
  • 2 Tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander Ground
  • ½ tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp chili powder Red
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
For Pakwan:
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • ½ cup Atta (Wholewheat flour)
  • to taste Salt
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
Other Ingredients:
  • Green Chutney (Mint-Cilantro Chutney)
  • Sweet Chutney (Date-Tamarind Chutney)
  • Onions Chopped
  • Chilies Fried Green (I didn't have these)
Dal Pakwan:
Instructions
  1. To make Dal: Heat 2tbsp ghee or oil in a pressure cooker; add cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and green chilies. Cook until onions turn translucent.
  2. Next add chopped tomatoes and cook until mushy. Add all the dry masalas, cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the soaked chana dal along with 1 cup of water. Cook for 1-2 whistles. Dal should be cooked until tender but should retain its shape. Keep the dal warm for serving.
  4. To make Pakwan: Combine all the ingredients and form a stiff dough like poori dough. Cover and set aside for 15minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into small lemon size balls and roll them out into 5-6" circles. Prick the circles with a fork.
  6. Deep fry the dough circles on medium flame until golden and crispy. Remove on to paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. To Serve: Place dal in a bowl and drizzle with the chutneys and the other toppings. Serve with pakwan and ENJOY!!
Recipe Notes

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16 thoughts on “Dal Pakwan”

  1. Looks too good, I love this dish, even though we don’t make it very often, still it is a favorite with all of us.good job with it and glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Looks too good, I love this dish, even though we don’t make it very often, still it is a favorite with all of us.good job with it and glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I’ve had this so many things at my Sindhi friends place and I absolutely adore it. Looks so good!

  4. Wow pavani, you make them look so delicious..when Vaishali treated us this for breakfast, all of us were going gaga over it..it was so delicious. What felt so typically unique is the way we have to eat all of it in one shot, dal, chutney, onions and chilies!..it’s really like a volcano in your mouth..beautiful pictures!

  5. Looks delicious. I didn’t realize until now that they were served with chutneys and onions like a chaat item.

  6. I ate it for the first time at Vaishali’s place and was sold for this dish, this looks delicious

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  8. that is delicious looking.. am learning so many dishes from the sindhi region from this marathon,… great, yet simple recipes… thanks for sharing..SowmyaEvent – Authentic Indian Sweets w giveawayEvent – Kid’s delight – Sweet TreatsEvent – WTML w giveaway

  9. I made this from Alka’s blog years ago and then tasted the authentic version in our Ahmadabad meet.I loved it and Srivalli has captured the taste so well in her comment 🙂

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