Dal Pakwan | How to make Dal Pakwan

By Vibha Bhutada  |  27th Jan 2016  |  
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About Dal Pakwan Recipe

A traditional and royal breakfast dish in Sindhi community. The Pakwan (crispy fried Indian bread) accompanied with Chana dal is often served during festivals or on special occasions or even on regular days for breakfast. A very hefty combination, this food keeps you filled for hours. Keep the calorie counting and Eat-only-healthy thoughts at bay for few moments and indulge straightaway! I absolutely adore this dish.

Dal Pakwan

Ingredients to make Dal Pakwan

  • For dal:
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger piece, grated
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp amchur powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil - As required
  • For Pakwan:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  • For Serving:
  • 7 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 7 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (coriander)
  • tamarind chutney - as required
  • green chutney - as required
  • chaat masala as per taste (optional)

How to make Dal Pakwan

  1. For Dal: Wash and soak chana dal in water for 1 hour. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and add green chilies, ginger, tomato, turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally.Cook on low heat until the dal reaches a thick consistency. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the spice powders and sprinkle in good amount over the dal. Heat some oil and gently pour over the spice powders. Garnish with fresh cilantro and keep aside.
  4. For Pakwan: Sieve the flour. Mix the flour with ajwain, cumin, salt and ghee. Mix well and knead the flour into a soft dough gradually adding little bit of water at a time.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a non-stick kadhai. Divide the dough into small equal portions or balls. Dust the surface with flour and roll out each ball into a thin puri.
  6. Use a fork and mark impressions on the rolled puri. This will prevent the puri from puffing up. When the oil is hot enough, then put the rolled out puri in it and deep fry on low to medium heat until golden brown and crisp on both sides.
  7. Drain on an absorbent paper. Keep aside. Just before serving, re-heat the dal and keep aside. Place a pakwan on a serving dish and spread a portion of the dal evenly over it.
  8. Sprinkle tamarind chutney, green chutney, 1 tbsp of the onions, 1 tbsp of coriander and chaat masala evenly over it. Repeat the above steps to make more servings. Serve immediately.

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Smita Kandoi4 years ago

thank for d recipe.. wl definately try as it is my husband's favourite dish

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