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  • Writer's picturePreeti Vaswani


Dal Pakwan is one of the most popular Sindhi breakfast.This authentic Sindhi delicacy is a combination of fried, flat,crispy puri's and spicy chana dal served with tamarind chutney, chopped onion and fried whole green chilies. The dough of pakwan is usually made with all purpose flour. Small roundel of the dough is rolled out to a circle. Fork impressions are made all over to get flat and crispy bread. Chana dal is boiled with salt and turmeric powder then tempered with spices like cumin powder, garam masala, red chili powder and the heroic ingredient raw mango powder( Amchur powder)which gives a tangy twist to subtle chana dal.

Give it a try to this indulging dish if you haven't yet, i am sure it will hard for you to stop after one pakwan as it is so addictive to your taste buds !!!

Cuisine : Sindhi

Course : Breakfast , Brunch

Prep time : 20 min

Cook time : 60 min

Serving : 6


For making pakwan dough

  • 2 Cup All purpose flour

  • 1 Tbsp Salt

  • 1 Tsp Coarsely crushed Cumin seeds

  • 1 Tsp Coarsely crushed black pepper powder

  • 1/2 Tsp Carom seeds

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tsp vegetable oil

  • 3/4 Cup Water

For boiling dal

  • 2 Cups chana

  • 3 Cups water

  • 1 Tbsp salt

  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder

For Tadka

  • 2 Tbsp oil

  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 Tsp grated ginger

  • 1 Medium tomato

  • 1 1/2 Tsp red chili powder

  • 1 1/2 Tsp garam masala

  • 2 Tsp raw mango powder

To garnish

  • Chopped onion

  • Fresh coriander leaves

  • Tamarind chutney


For making pakwan

1. In a bowl, combine all purpose flour, salt, coarsely crushed cumin seeds, coarsely crushed black pepper powder, carom seeds 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

2. Now slowly add water to knead dough. The dough should not be very hard or soft.

3. Finally add 1/2 tbsp oil and knead again to get smooth and shiny dough.

4. Give rest to dough for 20 - 30 min.

5. Make small roundels of the dough.

6. Roll out the roundel to a thin circle.

7. Make impressions all over the circular pakwan with the fork.

8. Deep fry the pakwan at low flame till golden in colour.

9. Remove from oil and keep it on absorbent paper to drain the excess oil.

For making dal and tadka

1. Clean, wash and soak chana dal for 2 -3 hours.

2. In a pressure cooker add chana dal, water, salt and turmeric powder.

3. Pressure cook for just 3-4 whistles as we dont want the dal to be mushy, it should be able to hold its shape.

4. Assemble all the ingredients for tadka in a plate.

5. Heat oil and add cumin seeds. when they start crackling add grated ginger. Saute a while and then add chopped tomato and cook till it becomes tender.

6. Add red chili powder, garam masala and raw mango powder. Mix well.

7. Add the tadka in boiled dal and mix well.

8. Adjust the consistency of dal by adding water , it should be to thicker side.

9. Let the dal simmer for 10 minutes at low flame so that the flavours of all spices are well incorporated.

10. Garnish with chopped onion, tamarind chutney and fresh green coriander leaves before serving.


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