Sindhi Dal Pakwan is a very famous, tasty & typicalSindhi Breakfast. Dal Pakwan, as the name suggest, is a breakfast combination of dal (combination of channa dal/ Split pea Lentils and moong dal / yellow petite lentils) served with Pakwan (crisp friedpuris). This Sindhi Recipe is usually served as breakfast but you can have it as brunch too. It is very filling & is served as an evening chaat snack. As per the Sindhi Culture, this dish form an important part of the Sunday brunch. This recipe is a little time consuming but worth the efforts. Once ready it is served with finely chopped Onions, Finely Chopped Green Chilies, Coriander Chutney & seasoned tamarind water.
The dal is extremely easy & quick to make with the least ingredients. Sindhis prepare the pakwans in bulk and store them in an airtight container as the pakwans do not go bad for 15-20 days. Thus whenever you feel like having this delectable Sindhi cuisine, just prepare the dal and you are good to go.
I decided to put up this recipe as everywhere on the web I saw variations to the authentic recipe. Like a lot of recipes suggested serving sweet tamarind chutney (meethi imli kichutney) as a condiment or using garam masala and curry leaves (kadi patta) as an ingredient to the dal. Believe me nothing of this sort is used. When serving the Authentic Dal Pakwan Recipe,tamarind water (imli ka pani) is seasoned with Salt, Red Chili Powder & dry coriander powder & Dal is cooked with only Turmeric Powder (Haldi) & salt.
Sindhi people are very fond of food. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that Sindhis live to eat and not eat to live. If you notice almost all Sindhi recipes are very well cooked & time consuming. Sindhis always use lots of vegetables, masalas/ spices, and combination of different food items. Sindhi Kadi is one such dish wherein a lot of vegetables are added. Lentils or daal is added to spinach (palak) for Saibajhi. In short they put their heart and soul in their recipes.
Tips: Usually the pakwans are made with all-purpose flour only. But to give it a healthier touch we added all wheat flour and Semolina. Make the pakwans in bulk and remember no sweet tamarind chutney ( meethi imli ki chutney). It tastes great only with Tamarind water or Imli Ka Pani