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Dal Pakwan

Sindhi Dal Pakwan

The moment I introduce myself as a Sindhi food blogger, the first thing I am asked about is Dal Pakwan / Daal Pakwaan. This popular breakfast is well-liked across cultures and societies. I would not be wrong in comparing that Daal Pakwaan is the equivalent of chhole bhature for Punjabis.

Sindhis, have always been connected to fried food. We have the tuk patata, sanna pakoda, daal puri and ofcourse the daal pakwaan. We are not afraid of our food showing on our stomachs. For every sindhi, this is probably a regular Sunday morning breakfast or brunch. If you are in an area dominated by Sindhis like Pimpri or Kalyan or Ulhasnagar; you will be sure to find a few street food vendors selling the daal pakwaan.

Specifically, for my house, it was a bi-monthly affair to have daal pakwaan on Sundays; either as breakfast or brunch. There was no way mom would miss it for anything.

My belief always has been, that the simplest of the food, with the minimum of ingredients, bring out the best of the flavours of the raw material used for cooking. The people who made these recipes used the basic principles; of keeping things short and simple. This is another recipe which iconises the simplicity, checkout the Recipe below.

Start with the steps for the making the pakwaan first as this is a slightly longer process. Follow the recipe as it goes to take advantage of some time planning.

Dal Pakwan Recipe

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By Serves: 4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1.5 hours

Ingredients

For the Daal

  • 1 cup of Chana Daal / Split Bengal Gram
  • 1 tsp of Jeera / Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp oil (whichever you prefer)
  • A few curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

For the Pakwaan

  • 1 cup of Maida / Refined Flour
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • A pinch of Salt
  • Water to knead the dough
  • Enough oil to deep fry the pakwaans

For the tamarind chutney

  • Tamarind
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 finely chopped medium sized onion
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

1

For the Pakwaan, in a mixing bowl, add the Maida

2

Add the Jeera

3

Pour in the water

4

Make a normal soft dough from the mixture

5

Let the dough be rested for 20-30 mins

6

Roll out thin round pakwaans and place them on tissues to rest & dry for a while in the open

7

In the meanwhile, for the Daal, soak the daal in a cup of water for approximately 4 hours

8

Get a pressure cooker on the gas

9

Pour in the oil and let it warm a bit

10

Add the cumin seeds, let them crackle a bit

11

Add the slit green chillies and let them cook a bit

12

Add the curry leaves and immediately add the daal with the water

13

Add the turmeric and the salt and mix well

14

Shut the cooker and let the cooker whistle about 5-6 times.

15

Switch of the gas and let the cooker take its own time to release the pressure.

16

Your daal is almost ready

17

Once the cooker opens up, mash some part of the daal a bit. The daal should have a mix of full grains and some mashed grains, that is what gives the texture and the bite to the daal.

18

For Pakwaans, eat the oil in a deep-frying pan

19

Check whether the oil is hot by pushing a small piece of dough, if it surfaces immediately, you are ready to go.

20

Push in the pakwaan.

21

Since the pakwaan has been kept to be dried, it should not puff up. If they do puff up, keep pressing the pakwaan in the oil. The pakwaan should be brown and crisp.

22

Fry the balance pakwaans.

23

While you have the time you can get the chutney ready. For that, soak tamarind in half a cup of water for 30-45 mins

24

De-seed the tamarind water

25

Add the salt, chilli powder and some more water so that you can have a flowing consistency

Notes

Serve the daal garnished with the tamarind chutney with hot pakwaans. You could also add a spoon of mint chutney, if you like. A small twist for the pakwaans would be to cut the pakwaans in equal pieces like Nachos and then fry the triangles. This would be a hit with kids.

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