Dal Pakwan

Dal Pakwan is a classic Sindhi Breakfast Dish

Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Look, I made Dal Pakwan! Can you believe I hadn’t tasted this Sindhi delicacy until a couple months ago?

A dal pakwan is a combination of dal (lentils) and pakwan (crunchy snack). The idea is to dip the pakwan in the dal and eat it. Adding to the flavors are sweet and spicy chutneys and onions and cilantro that take this dish up a notch. You don’t have to serve them on the side,  but I highly suggest you do.

Dal Pakwan has quickly replaced my favorite Ragda Puri. Both are similar in that there’s a lentil based curry and something crunchy served with sweet and spicy chutneys. The next time you have some time and want to make something peppy, think of making the Sindhi dal pakwan!  

Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

If you live in India, you can find Pakwaan in stores that sell Sindhi food. I bought some pakwan just in case I goofed up while making my homemade version of the pakwan. But I didn’t really have to. Not only is the homemade pakwaan infinitely tastier than the store-bough pakwaan, but it is also a lot less taxing on the stomach! The store bought pakwan is way too oily and leaves a greasy aftertaste that I particularly didn’t enjoy. If you are pressed for time and have no choice, then go ahead and buy it. But try to buy it from a good store and buy it fresh.

Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Huge should out to Alka for her easy recipe for Dal Pakwan. This recipe, although modified to suit our palates, has been inspired by her simple recipe. Her website is a treasure trove for Sindhi recipes and I plan to try them out one by one! 🙂

How to make Sindhi Dal Pakwan Printable Recipe

Dal Pakwan
 
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A typical Sindhi Breakfast (that can also be had for dinner or snack!).
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Sindhi
Serves: Makes around 30 medium Pakwaan and enough Dal for it
Ingredients
For the Pakwan
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Carom Seeds (ajwain)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter)
  • ¾ cup Water (adjust to make stiff dough)
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
For the Dal
  • 1 cup Chana Dal (Bengal Gram)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Hing (Asafetida)
  • 2-3 Green Chilli, chopped roughly
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 small Onion, chopped finely
  • 1 small Tomato, chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Dry coriander powder (dhania - optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Chaat Masala powder (optional)
  • 3 cups Water (adjust - enough to cover the mixture and then another 1 cup)
Others
  • Chopped Cilantro Leaves (For dal & to serve on the side)
  • Chopped Onion (to serve on the side)
  • Sweet Tamarind & Dates Chutney (optional)
  • Green Chilli Coriander-Mint Chutney (optional)
Notes
  • If you don't have or use carom seeds, you can use cumin (jeera) instead. If you don't use ghee, use melted butter or oil instead.
  • Generally, 1 cup of flour requires ½ cup water to form a soft dough. But you need to make a smooth yet stiff dough for Pakwaan. Start off using ¾ cup water for 2 cups flour and add a little more if required.
  • While serving dal, you can choose to add sweet & spicy chutneys for added flavor. They are completely optional, though the dish tastes great when served with all elements.
Instructions
For the Pakwan
  1. Mix all purpose flour, carom seeds, salt and ghee (clarified butter).
  2. Add some lukewarm water and mix well. Knead to a smooth and tight dough. It shouldn’t be too soft but just enough to roll it out.
  3. Add it to a bowl, cover and let it rest for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  4. Divide the dough into equal portions and roll into neat balls of dough.
  5. Take each ball of dough and roll it out into a thin round disk. Poke all over the surface of the disk with a fork. This ensures crispy pakwan. (You can also use a tortilla or roti press to roll out the dough. But make sure the disks are as thin as possible).
  6. Heat some oil in a pan. Add the prepared disk onto the oil. Press it gently and let it fry on medium-low heat on both sides for 1-2 minutes or until it is golden and crispy.
  7. Remove the pakwaan onto a paper and let it cool completely. Don’t store when it is warm or it’ll get soft. Once it cools, add it to an air tight container and store it at room temperature.
For the Dal
  1. Wash and soak the chana dal for 30 minutes to an hour. This helps the dal cook faster.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onion, hing (asafetida) and chilli and fry on medium heat for a couple minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions & tomatoes reduce to a mush.
  4. Add the chana dal to the cooker. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well. You can also add some cumin powder, garam masala, coriander powder, aamchur powder and mix well.
  5. Add enough water to cover the dal and then another ½ cup of water. Mix well. Taste and adjust for salt, if required.
  6. Cover the cooker with a lid and put the whistle on. Cook for 1 whistle only. (If you cook more, the dal might get mushy).
  7. Once the pressure releases, open the lid, add cilantro leaves and mix well.
  8. Before serving, make sure the Dal is hot and liqudy.
Serve - Option 1
  1. Serve all elements independently . Serve Hot dal, sweet and spicy chutneys in separate bowls. Also serve onion & cilantro on the side.
  2. Let the person assemble it. He/she can add as much or little of the chutneys as they want. In this, you'll have to dip the pakwaan ino the dal and eat it.
Serve - Option 2
  1. Add hot Dal in a large bowl.
  2. Add 1-2 teaspoons of the Sweet and Spicy Chutney and mix well.
  3. Add some Onions & Cilantro and mix well. Taste the dal and adjust for sweet or spiciness.
  4. Break the pakwan in small pieces and add to the dal. Mix well.
  5. Serve hot.
Notes - On the Pakwaan
  1. You can make the pakwaan as big or small as you like. Smaller pakwan is easy to make and fry and will require smaller pans!
  2. If the dough is drying our and harder to roll out, splash a few drops of water and press it well.
  3. The pakwan stays well at room temperature for 1-2 weeks, maybe even longer. But it tastes best in the first 2 weeks
Notes - On the Dal
  1. If you feel like you want your dal to be even more cooked, you can always add a little more water and cook for another 1 or 2 whistles. I’ve found 1 whistle to be just enough – if I soak my chana dal ahead of time.
  2. You can add some additional pepper or chaat powder to the dal if you want it to be more spicy too.
  3. The dal stays well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you make the Dal ahead of time, add some water, mix and heat it again. Dal should be served hot for the dal pakwan.

How to make Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe – Step by step pictures

To make the Pakwan

Mix all purpose flour, carom seeds, salt and ghee (clarified butter). Add some lukewarm water and mix well. Knead to a smooth and tight dough. It shouldn’t be too soft but just enough to roll it out. Add it to a bowl, cover and let it rest for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Divide the dough into equal portions and roll into neat balls of dough.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Take each ball of dough and roll it out into a thin round disk. Poke all over the surface of the disk with a fork. This ensures crispy pakwan. (You can also use a tortilla or roti press to roll out the dough. But make sure the disks are as thin as possible). If the dough is drying our and harder to roll out, splash a few drops of water and press it well.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Heat some oil in a pan. Add the prepared disk onto the oil. Press it gently and let it fry on medium-low heat on both sides for 1-2 minutes or until it is golden and crispy.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Remove the pakwaan onto a paper and let it cool completely. Don’t store when it is warm or it’ll get soft. Once it cools, add it to an air tight container and store it at room temperature. (The pakwan stays well at room temperature for 1-2 weeks, maybe even longer. But it tastes best in the first 2 weeks)
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

TO make the dal

Wash and soak the chana dal for 30 minutes to an hour. This helps the dal cook faster.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onion, hing (asafetida) and chilli and fry on medium heat for a couple minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes until the onions & tomatoes reduce to a mush.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Add the chana dal to the cooker. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well. You can also add some cumin powder, garam masala, coriander powder, aamchur powder and mix well.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

Add enough water to cover the dal and then another 1/2 cup of water. Mix well. Taste and adjust for salt, if required. Cover the cooker with a lid and put the whistle on. Cook for 1 whistle only. (If you cook more, the dal might get mushy). Once the pressure releases, open the lid, add cilantro leaves and mix well.  If you feel like you want your dal to be even more cooked, you can always add a little more water and cook for another 1 or 2 whistles. I’ve found 1 whistle to be just enough – if I soak my chana dal ahead of time.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

To assemble your Dal Pakwan you’ll need – Pakwan, Prepared Dal, chopped onion & cilantro, Sweet chutney and Green Chutney.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

You can serve them separately and let each one eat it as they prefer. Or you can add hot dal to a bowl, add onion, cilantro, a it of both chutneys and break some pakwaan and mix well and serve.
Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe | How to make Dal Pakwaan from scratch recipe by foodomania

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