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Sunday, November 9, 2014

I hear this for first time when my friend Sangeeta said made this for breakfast. I never thought of trying at home, but few days back she told this is her most favorite breakfast and I should blog this. I was so excited to try this when I heard the recipe. I promised her that I will post it for my Breakfast menu series. So this week, instead of linking my old recipes, its a new recipe post with this famous Sindhi breakfast combo “Dal Pakwan” !! She told they make this in Sundays. Like my Sindhi lunch menu this is also one of my favorite now! Today I made this and gave it to Aj first, he first told he wasn’t hungry seeing that I tried something new. Then I told just taste I will give you later. When he tasted his first bite, he wanted more and he finished his breakfast tooApplause. Later, I gave to Vj he too loved it. No points for guessing that I too loved itOh go on. This had my favorite green chutney, red chutney, raw onion combo. So obvious that I loved it. So here, this week breakfast menu is a recipe post by itself. Enjoy and do try it, you are going to love it too, its easy as well!

Dal pakwan recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 1 Hr    |  Cook time: 35 mins    Serves: 4

Ingredients for Poori (Pakwan)

Maida/ All purpose flour - 1 cup

Jeera/ cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Salt - As needed

Oil - 1 tblsp + for deepfrying

Ingredients for Dal

Channa dal - 3/4 cup

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Jeera - 1 tsp

Asafoetida/ Hing - A generous pinch

Oil - 2 tblsp

To serve

Onion 1, finely chopped
Green chutney As needed
Red chutney As needed


  1. Soak channa dal for atleast an hour  (or overnight). Heat a small pressure cooker with 2 tsp of oil, add asafoetida, drained dal and give a stir for a minute.1-dal 
  2. Add salt, turmeric and 1 & 1/2 cups water. Give 3 whistles and after 3rd whistle keep the flame in low for 5 mins.2-fry 
  3. Open the cooker, heat a pan with oil, temper with jeera, switch off the flame and add red chilli powder. Add it to the cooked dal.3-temper
  4. Stir well and heat again to bring it to boil. The dal should be half mashed and half seen. And adjust water consistency if its too dry.4-boil 
  5. For the poori/ Pakwan, mix maida, salt, jeera, oil well and add water to make a smooth dough. It should not be sticky, it should be a smooth and on tighter side.5-dough 
  6. Keep aside for 15 mins and again knead to make it smooth. Make equal sized balls out of it.6-balls
  7. Roll each to thick pooris. Prick well everywhere with a fork to prevent puffing. Roll everything and repeat the same.7-roll 
  8. Heat oil in kadai and put the flame to low. Drop the poori one at a time and cook in low flame or medium flame, until the bubble ceases. At no point, the flame should be high. The poori should not puff and it should be super crisp like Papdi. So cook for long time in low flame to ensure the colour remains golden, yet the poori turns crisp.8-fry 


    • You can add a 1/2 tsp amchoor powder, garam masala too in dal while tempering.
    • Soaking dal makes it soft textured.
    • Prick pooris both the sides to prevent them puffing.
    • Oil temperature should be maintained moderate to ensure evenly crispy poori.

Serve with generous dash of sweet chutney, green chutney and chopped onions along dal and pakwan.

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  1. Super tasty dish, love it ! Have a doubt why the ingredient's header says "grilled veg....." Is it a typo ?!

  2. Mmm Sindhi's really know how to eat. I can imagine how this delicious combo of dal + chat chutneys and crunchy pooris would make for a yummy meal! have to try real soon.

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  4. Excellent clicks, good presentation :)

  5. Have never tried Sindhi food.And a best option to finish my Channa dal before my India visit.Thanks.

  6. Bought back memories! long time since I made this ! absolutely delicious!!

  7. Raks it's really time to change tat kadai it too wore out and over used, using tat kadai for cooking food even is unhealthy. So trash it soon. By the way good recipe keep going.

    1. Its not non stick, its indolium used for deep frying alone, that's why it looks like that :) Anyways thank you for your feedback. I will try to find a new one before changing it.

  8. Hi Raks,
    Tried it...So YUMMMMMMYYYY!!! My family loved it.
    Thank you for a precise post and perfect pic.....
    My recipe for tomorrow is baked aubergine.will give u the feedback tomorrow

  9. Hi Raks,
    Tried it.....YUMMMMYYY!!! My family loved it.Thank you.
    tomorrow I'm going to try baked aubergine....will let u know tomorrow

  10. Hi
    Veryy nice receipe
    can i suggest smth
    in puri add little bit of besan and sooji

  11. i tried it today its super delicious... my family totally loved it....


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