Dal Pakwan Recipe : Delicious Sindhi Breakfast!

Dal pakwan Recipe is an authentic Sindhi Recipe. It is usually preferred in breakfast. Here tempered dal is served with pakwan. Pakwan is crisp flat bread. Dal pakwan is served with onion and green chutney and tamarind chutney. Here I have pressure cooked the dal but it can be cooked in a pan also. But pressure cooker saves time and LPG gas both. Addition of carom seeds, cumin seeds increases the taste of pakwan. These pakwans can be eaten with tea also.

Dal Pakwan

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  • Recipe Category: Breakfast / Snacks
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: Dal pakwan recipe is really simple. Although dal pakwan is preferred in breakfast but it can be consumed any time. The Sindhi families prepare this dish during special occasion also. This dish is nowadays not limited to Sindhi community but to others also because of its increasing demand. There are many restaurants which serve dal pakwan as their speciality.

Dal Pakwan Recipe

Ingredients for Dal Pakwan Recipe :

For dal:

  • Chana dal/ split Bengal gram – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder/ haldi – ¼ tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/ jeera – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Green chili chopped – 1 piece

For pakwan (12 pakwans):

  • All purpose flour – 2 cup
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ jeera – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Milk – ¼ cup
  • Oil for deep frying.

Method for Making Dal Pakwan:

For dal:

  • Clean and soak the chana dal for 4 hours.
  • Drain water from it.
  • In a pressure cooker add chana dal, 1½ cup water, haldi and salt.
  • Cover with lid and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Let the air escape from the cooker by itself before opening the lid.
  • Now heat ghee in a deep pan. Add cumin seeds to it. When the seeds crackle add chopped green chillies in it.
  • Now add the cooked chana dal in it.
  • Now add red chili powder, garam masala. Mix well.
  • Cook the dal for 2-3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Switch off the stove and keep the dal aside.

For pakwan:

  • Add flour, salt, ghee, milk and cumin seeds in a bowl.
  • Knead in a firm dough.
  • Make 12 equal round portions of the dough.
  • Take one portion and roll into a circle and prick with a fork at regular intervals.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai for frying the pakwans. Fry the pakwan on a medium flame until it turns golden brown and crispy from both sides.
  • Keep on an absorbent paper.
  • Repeat the same process with the remaining dough.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 360 calories
  • Total Time: PT45M
  • Serves: 6
  • Date Published:

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Garnishing and serving:

  • Spread some hot dal on the pakwan.
  • Now sprinkle chopped onion and green coriander leaves.
  • Serve with green chutney and tamarind chutney.


  • Total time of cooking is 55 minutes.
  • Serves 6 people.
  • Keep flame medium while frying pakwan otherwise it will not be crispy.
  • Amchur or dry mango powder can also be added in the dal.
  • In the dough of pakwan along with cumin seeds carom seeds and black Pepper powder can also be added.
  • A combination of all purpose and wheat flour can be done to keep it healthy. Take both in equal measure.
  • While pressure cooking keep in mind that the dal is cooked but not overcooked the grains has to be whole and separated.
  • Pakwan can be stored in an airtight container.