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Dal Pakwan Chaat

Dal Pakwan Chaat

Dal Pakwan Chaat

This recipe is a little twist to an authentic breakfast delicacy in Sindhi homes. This style of serving makes this dish perfect for a gathering. I was inspired to do this recipe from when this was served to me in Jaipur while I was visiting my daughter-in-law family.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


For Pakwan

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour maida, plain flour
  • 1/4 cup fine sooji samolina
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds jeera

For Dal

  • 3/4 cup chana dal bengal gram
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric haldi
  • 1 Tbsp ginger chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder amchoor

For Garnishing

  • 1/4 cup tamarind chutney check the recipe on my web site
  • 1/2 cup cucumber chopped in small pieces


Pakwan, Crispy This Puries

  • Crisp Puries known as Pakwan: Mix flour, sooji, salt, cumin seeds, and oil. Add enough water to make firm dough. Knead the dough well. Set the dough aside and let it sit for at least 15 minutes or longer.
  • Divide the dough in 10 equal parts, Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface.
  • Prick the rolled dough all over with a fork. This will limit puries from puffing and make them crisp. Cut them in 6 pieces giving them in triangle shape.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have at about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly.
  • Fry few triangles at time not crowding them. Fry until both sides are a light golden-brown. Transfer triangles over paper towel, it will absorb the extra oil.

For Dal

  • Wash and soak chana dal for at least 2 hours in 3 cups of water.
  • Drain the water, heat the oil in pressure cooker over medium heat, when oil is moderately hot add cumin seeds. As seeds crack add dal, 2 cups of water, salt, turmeric, green chili, and ginger, close the cooker and cook over medium high heat.
  • As the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker.
  • Dal should be soft well-cooked but not mushy. Add black pepper, mango powder and garam masala, mix it well. Dal should be thick in consistency.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve pakwan with hot dal with drizzle of tamarind chutney, topping with cucumber. Cucumber gives them nice crunch.


Notes:  After the triangle chips cool to room temperature they should be crisp. Chips can be stored in airtight container for 1 month.
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