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How To Cook Special Dal Pakwan

As I mentioned earlier, being a part of the Indian army we have to move frequently from one place to another and get the opportunity to mingle up with different cultures and communities and Its really interesting to get to know about their food, festivals and culture this time we got an opportunity to get along with a Sindhi community and I was amazed to know the versatility in their food and culture although they use same ingredients which we use but there is a difference in the way of making . I was amazed to see how can a simple thing be converted into such a different exotic cuisine. That's why I salute the unity and diversity of my country, INDIA . 


Curtsy to my dearest friend Manju because of whom I got the opportunity to have this wonderful breakfast famous in Sindhi homes called 'Dal Pakwan'   
Dal Pakwan is an authentic breakfast delicacy in Sindhi homes. Crisp flavored puries known as Pakwan served with spicy dal topped with chutney and onion lachchas .




Ingredients :

1 cup chana dal /Bengal gram
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 turmeric powder
1 tablespoon ginger finely chopped
1 green chili chopped
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon mango powder / chat masala 

Seasoning: 

2 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds /jeera
1/4 tsp asafoetida / hing
2-3 red whole chilies 

Pakwan :

1 cup all purpose flour (maida/plain flour)
1/4 cup semolina /sooji
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds /jeera
2 tablespoon oil
water for binding 
Oil to fry
Also need tamarind chutney for serving. 

Method

 For Cooking Dal:

Wash and soak chana dal for at least 2 hours in 3 cups of water.
Drain the water and in pressure cooker add dal, 2-1/2 cups of water, salt, turmeric, green chili, and ginger, close the cooker and cook over medium high heat.
As the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes.
Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker.
Dal should be soft well-cooked but not mushy. . Dal should be thick in consistency.

Seasoning:

Heat the ghee in a saucepan .Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and whole chilies  after seeds crack add red chili powder stir for few seconds and pour over dal mix it well and set aside. sprinkle garam masala and a pinch chat masala to it .

For Pakwan:

Crisp Puries known as Pakwan  puries are roundels made of flour dough  : Mix flour, sooji, salt, cumin seeds, and oil. Add enough water to make firm dough. Knead the dough well.
Set the dough aside and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
Divide the dough in 10 equal parts, Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface.
Prick the rolled dough all over with a fork. This will prevent  puries from puffing and make them crisp.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly.
Fry 2-3 puries at time until both sides are a light golden-brown.Transfer puries over paper towel, it will absorb the extra oil.After the puries cool to room temperature they will become crisp but i like them when they are little hot.
Serve Pakwan with hot dal with drizzle of tamarind chutney and onion lachcha ( onion lachchas are thin sliced onion seasoned with lime juice and chat masala  


If  chat masala and garam masalas are not available with you you can make it yourself ..visit http://myummmyfoodblog.blogspot.in/search/label/homemade%20curry%20masalas

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Comments

vineeta said…
amazing recipie..i tried it and my friends loved it. easy to cook aswel..:)

thank you minal..
suman@31 said…
very good.
Monica said…
Wow!!! Excelent recipe Will try soon
Reshma Vaswani said…
Love this recipe. I am also Sindhi but have never made dal Pakwan. Your recipe is so nice I will try making now.

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