Dal Pakwan

Popular breakfast item of the Sindhis – spicy chana dal served with crisp puris This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

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Dal Pakwan

Main Ingredients Split Bengal Gram, Refined Flour
Cuisine Sindhi
Course Snacks and Starters
Prep Time 51-60 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Dal Pakwan

  • 1 cup Split Bengal Gram
  • to taste Refined Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 8 tablespoons Oil to deep fry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cumin seeds
  • 4-5 Green chillies slit
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 cup Refined flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespoons Whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 tablespoon Semolina (rawa/suji)
  • 10-12 Black peppercorns crushed


  1. Soak chana dal in three cups of water for about one hour. Drain and boil with three cups of water, salt and turmeric powder till just done.
  2. Heat a pan, add the boiled dal and half a cup of water if the dal is too dry. Stir and add half the red chilli powder, half the garam masala powder, dry mango powder and adjust salt.
  3. Stir gently and cook on low heat. Heat three tablespoons of oil in another pan and add one teaspoon cumin seeds.
  4. When they begin to change colour, add green chillies, curry leaves, remaining garam masala powder, remaining red chilli powder.
  5. Stir and add it to the dal. Mix well and take it off the heat. To make pakwan sift refined flour and wheat flour into a large bowl.
  6. Add semolina, half teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed black peppercorns, four tablespoons of oil and salt.
  7. Add sufficient water and knead into a semi-soft dough.
  8. Divide the dough into eight portions and roll each portion into a chapati of four-inch diameter.
  9. Prick lightly with a fork. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry pakwan on low heat till golden and crisp.
  10. Drain on absorbent paper. Garnish the dal with chopped onion and chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot with pakwan.

Nutrition Info

Calories 2700
Carbohydrates 338.8
Protein 76.1
Fat 115.8