Dal Pakwan ( Know Your Dals and Pulses)


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A soothing dal made with chana dal accompanied by pakwans, is a traditional favourite with sindhis. It makes for a wholesome breakfast!

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Dal Pakwan ( Know Your Dals and Pulses) recipe - How to make Dal Pakwan ( Know Your Dals and Pulses)

Soaking Time:  4 Hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 servings
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For the dal

  1. Clean, wash and soak the chana dal for 3 to 4 hours. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle add the onions and chillies and sauté till the onions turn light brown in colour.
  4. Add the chana dal , turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup of water and cover and cook on a slow heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the dal is soft.
  5. Add the tomatoes, coriander-cumin seeds powder and chilli powder and coriander and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the garam masala on top and keep aside.

For the pakwans

  1. Combine the plain flour, wheat flour, cumin seeds and salt and knead into a stiff dough using enough water.
  2. Divide the dough into 18 equal portions and roll each portion into 125 mm. (5”) diameter circle.
  3. Prick each circle with a fork
  4. Heat he oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the pakwans, one at a time, till they are golden brown in colour. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Serve the hot dal with the pakwans, onions and chutney.

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