Dal Pakwan- The Famous Sindi Breakfast

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Dal Pakwan
Punjabi Rajma Chawal

I read that Dal Pakwan is a famous breakfast dish in Sindi homes.These two –Pakwan and dal are a ‘made-for-each-other’ pair!I never knew it would so easy until I found this in Alka’s Sindi Rasoi.Made this for breakfast yesterday and lil angel loved it.The original recipe is here.This is also being sent to Ria who has chosen Alka's Sindhi Rasoi for Tried and tasted this month;It is an event started by Zlamuska and carried on by Lakshmi.

For dhal I used:

Channa dal/Gram dhal-1 cup
Fresh red chillies-2,slit
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Curry leaves a few
Asafoetida powder-a pinch
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoons

  1. Wash and soak the dal for an hour.Drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and put in asafoertia,cumin seeds,curry leaves,chillies.
  3. When it splutters put in the onion and sauté till translucent.
  4. Add the tomato and cook till soft.
  5. Put in the dal,turmeric powder,salt,one and a half cups of water and pressure cook for 8 minutes or till the dal is cooked.It should not turn mushy.
  6. When the pressure releases,check the consistency .If its too watery boil for a couple of minutes .Take care tht the dal does not turn mushy.
  7. Serve sprinkled with coriander leaves and chopped onions

Alka suggests that it can be served sprinkled with mango powder(Amchoor), chilly powder, and tamarind chutney and/or coriander chutney.

For Pakwan I used:

Maida / All purpose Flour-2 cups
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder-1/2 a teaspoon
Ghee-2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

  1. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add ghee and mix .
  3. Make a dough adding water.It should neither be too soft or too hard.
  4. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  5. Pinch out small balls and roll out into discs.
  6. Heat oil in a pan. When its hot, lower the flame and fry the pakwan till it is crisp.
  7. Serve with dal.

Bon Appetit...

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