Dal Pakwan


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An extremely popular Sunday breakfast delicacy in Sindhi homes. Chana dal served with crispy pakwans. The dal is thick, creamy and spicy. The pakwans, though the name sounds intimidating, use the same papadi dough rolled out into large chapatis and deep fried until crisp. In order to obtain crispy unpuffed pakwans, always prick them before frying. It is also important to remember to fry them over medium heat so that they are crisp.

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Serves 6 to 8.
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the Bengal gram for 3 to 4 hours. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a saucepan and fry the onions, cumin seeds and chillies until the onions are light brown in colour. Add the Bengal gram and turmeric powder. Season with salt and add ½ cup of water.
  3. Cover and cook on a slow heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the dal is soft.
  4. Add the tomato, coriander, coriander-cumin seed powder and chilli powder and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the garam masala on top.

For the pakwans

  1. Mix the flours, cumin seeds and salt with enough water to make a stiff dough. Knead well. Divide the dough into 15 portions. Roll out each portion into rounds of 125 mm. (5") diameter. Prick all over with a fork.
  2. Heat the oil in a kadhai and when hot, add the pakwans one at a time. Deep fry until golden brown over medium heat till they are crisp and golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Repeat for the remaining pakwans.

How to proceed

  1. Serve the hot dal with the pakwans, onions and meethi soonth.
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 on 19 Feb 15 04:31 PM

I followed this recipe exact as it is and the results were just amazing! It tastes exactly like we get outside or made at sindhi houses. Although this is a sindhi breakfast, this is loved by each and everyone. The dal is simple and tasty with minimum number of spices, but it is meant to be that way. Topped with onions and coriander, it completels the meal totally. You can make the pakwans in advance and store it in an air tight container.