Dal Pakwan Recipe

Dal Pakwan recipe is an easy, tasty, vegetarian sindhi breakfast food. Crisp puris are served with chana dal, sweet & green chutney. 

These can be eat it for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. An indulgent Indian food delicacy that is hard to resist and addictively good.  Dal pakwan is usually served for breakfast or brunch and is popular among the Sindhi community who serve it as a delicacy on special occasions, weddings and get together.

Pakwan is a deep fried, crisp, flat bread prepared with all purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour and carom seeds or ajwain.

Dal pakwan recipe is pretty straightforward, simple to make and labor intensive as it calls for preparing a dough, rolling out the dough into flat circles or rotis and deep frying them till crisp. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch as its quite filling and heavy on the stomach. 

Since it is heavy on the stomach, ajwain or carom seeds are added to the dough as they aid digestion and will not give you a bloated feeling.

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DAL PAKWAN RECIPE

Dal pakwan recipe, a Sindhi food breakfast fare that consists of a crisp flat bread served along with a tasty chana dal drizzled with sweet and green chutney.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Sindhi
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 14 pakwans
Author Achala

Ingredients

for chana dal:

  • 1 cup chana dal soaked
  • 2.5 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 inch chopped or grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 2 green chilles chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt as required

for pakwan :

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Water to knead dough as required
  • Oil for deep frying

for serving :

Instructions

making chana dal :

  • Collect all the required ingredients.
  • Wash the chana dal and soak it for 2 hours in water. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker add soaked chana dal and 2.5 cups of water.
  • Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or until the dal is tender. The dal should be cooked yet separate.
  • Once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.
  • Check the dal has cooked well yet not mushy.
  • Boiled dal is ready. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a kadai.
  • Once it turns hot, add cumin seeds and asafoetida and allow the cumin seeds to splutter.
  • Now add chopped ginger and green chilli.
  • Saute for a minute or two on low flame or till the raw smell of ginger goes away.
  • The add in chopped tomatoes.
  • Saute on medium low flame until tomatoes are tender and soft.
  • Keeping the flame on low, add turmeric powder, dry mango powder, coriander powder, and red chilli powder.
  • Roast the masala well till the time ghee starts to float at the top of it.
  • When the masala turns aromatic, add in cooked dal.
  • Add salt accordingly.
  • Mix well adjusting the consistency as required.
  • If required, add more water for a loose consistency dal.
  • Simmer for 5-6 minutes or more on a low flame till a medium consistency of the dal is reached.
  • Turn off the flame once the dal starts to boil and gets totally mixed with the masala and water.
  • Put garam masala and coriander leaves in the dal.
  • Mix well.
  • Chana dal is ready. Keep aside.

making pakwan :

  • To make the pakwan, in a bowl, add the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour.
  • Add carom seeds, salt and oil.
  • Crumble the oil with dough well.Rub with your hands.
  • Slowly add water to make a firm dough. It should not be too soft.
  • Cover and leave the dough for half an hour. The dough should not be neither too tight nor too loose.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll it with hands into a ball.
  • Make small balls of the dough.
  • Roll out each ball like a small circle/puri.
  • Prick the surface with fork/knife, so that it doesn’t rises up while getting fried.
  • Prepare more puri in the same manner.
  • Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.
  • Once the oil turns hot, reduce heat for medium and add a rolled out circle carefully into the hot oil.
  • Turn and flip the puri while frying till it gets brown in colour.
  • Deep fry until the pakwan turns golden brown and crisp.
  • Drain pakwan on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Deep fry all the rolled out circles.

assembling the dal pakwan :

  • Pour the prepared chana dal in a bowl and top with 1 tsp tamarind chutney.
  • Then top with green chutney.
  • Sprinkle some chat masala and finish it off some chopped coriander leaves.
  • While still warm, serve pakwan with chana dal.

Notes

  • Unlike the pooris, pakwan has to be flat and crispy just like a papad.
  • Adding any fat content to dough makes the dough softer and the pakwan crispy.
  • Ghee gives a wonderful flavor to the dal. Vegans can use oil instead of ghee.
  • You can store the pakwan in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Make sure to fry on low to medium flame, else the pakwan will not turn crispy and crunchy. 

How To Make Dal Pakwan (Step BY Step Instructions With Photos) :

making chana dal :

1. Collect all the required ingredients.

2. Wash the chana dal and soak it for 2 hours in water. Drain and keep aside.

3. In a pressure cooker add soaked chana dal and 2.5 cups of water.

4. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or until the dal is tender. The dal should be cooked yet separate.

5. Once the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.

6. Check the dal has cooked well yet not mushy.

7. Boiled dal is ready. Keep aside.

8. Heat oil or ghee in a kadai.

9. Once it turns hot, add cumin seeds and asafoetida and allow the cumin seeds to splutter.

10. Now add chopped ginger and green chilli.

11. Saute for a minute or two on low flame or till the raw smell of ginger goes away.

12. The add in chopped tomatoes.

13. Saute on medium low flame until tomatoes are tender and soft.

14. Keeping the flame on low, add turmeric powder, dry mango powder, coriander powder, and red chilli powder.

15. Roast the masala well till the time ghee starts to float at the top of it.

16. When the masala turns aromatic, add in cooked dal.

17. Add salt accordingly.

18. Mix well adjusting the consistency as required.

19. If required, add more water for a loose consistency dal.

20. Simmer for 5-6 minutes or more on a low flame till a medium consistency of the dal is reached.

21. Turn off the flame once the dal starts to boil and gets totally mixed with the masala and water.

22. Put garam masala and coriander leaves in the dal.

23. Mix well.

24. Chana dal is ready. Keep aside.

making pakwan :

1. To make the pakwan, in a bowl, add the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour.

2. Add carom seeds, salt and oil.

3. Crumble the oil with dough well.Rub with your hands.

4. Slowly add water to make a firm dough. It should not be too soft.

5. Cover and leave the dough for half an hour. The dough should not be neither too tight nor too loose.

6. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it with hands into a ball.

7. Make small balls of the dough.

8. Roll out each ball like a small circle/puri.

9. Prick the surface with fork/knife, so that it doesn’t rises up while getting fried.

10. Prepare more puri in the same manner.

11. Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.

12. Once the oil turns hot, reduce heat for medium and add a rolled out circle carefully into the hot oil.

13. Turn and flip the puri while frying till it gets brown in colour.

14. Deep fry until the pakwan turns golden brown and crisp.

15. Drain pakwan on paper towels to remove excess oil.

16. Deep fry all the rolled out circles.

assembling the dal pakwan :

1. Pour the prepared chana dal in a bowl and top with 1 tsp tamarind chutney.

2. Then top with green chutney.

3. Sprinkle some chat masala and finish it off some chopped coriander leaves.

4. While still warm, serve pakwan with chana dal.

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