Dal Pakwan With a Mexican Twist

Hi guys, first of all, wishing you all a happy Diwali and a very prosperous new year. According to the Hindu religion, we have our new year now. Diwali is a festival of lights and positivity. Though this time Diwali is a little different from other years as COVID -19 still going on, still our new year spirit is on a high note, we enjoyed it a lot with our families and friends.

Now let's take about the recipe , today we have tried one of the most famous Sindhi dishes call Dal Pakwan in a very Mexican way. We have to combine chana dal with corns with some Indian spices and some Mexican.

Pakwan is a pastry crust made with plain flour and some butter.

Dal Pakwan With a Mexican Twist

Servings: 8


3/4 cup plain flour

11/2 tbsp oil

1/4 tsp oil

1/4 cup water

1 cup oil for frying

To make toppings:

1/2 cup freshly boiled corn kernels

1/2 cup channa dal soaked for three to four hours

1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes

1 tsp enchiladas powder

1 tsp chat masala

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp chopped green chili

1 tsp oregano

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage

1/2 cup finely chopped three-color capsicum

1/2 tbsp tinned jalapenos

1/2 tbsp tinned olives

1 tsp ketchup

To make green coriander dip:

1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves

1 green chili

4 pieces of cashew nuts

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp hung curd

1 cube ice


Take a bowl and add plain flour, salt, and oil, mix them well with your hands. Now add water slowly to make a dough. Cover it with a moist cloth and keep aside for half an hour.

Meanwhile, let's prepare the corn and dal topping. Take a pan and pour two cups of water and keep it up on the medium flame.

Once the boil comes put your soak dal and salt and turmeric powder to it. Boil it for at least 20 minutes at low flame. In this recipe, we required dal texture to be crunchy, not dissolving.

Take a pan and put oil in it, once the oil gets hot on medium flame add chopped tomatoes and green chili, saute it for a few minutes, make sure tomatoes don't get very soft. Now we add boiled dal, corns, salt, enchiladas powder, oregano, and chat masala to it. Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now we will get back to pakwan. Our dough is ready, divide it into 8 equal round balls of the same size. With the help of a rolling pin make round chapatis of 6cm diameter. Poke them with the help of a fork or knife.

Take a medium-size frying pan and pour oil into it, let it get hot on a medium flame. Once the oil gets hot, make the flame low and put your chapatis in it. We have to fry them till they get golden brown. Now your pakwans are ready.

For green coriander dip put all the ingredients mentioned in the dip section(except hung curd)in the blender and blend it for 2 to 3 minutes at high-speed tit you get a fine paste, now add your hung curd and blend for few seconds. Your dip is ready.

Let's start with the layering of Dal Pakwans. Take your pakwans and place it on a plate, spread 1/2 tbsp of dal mixture on it evenly, you have the whole pakwan with the mixture. In this mixture, we will put 1 tsp of sour cream and spread it with the help of a spoon.

Sprinkle cabbage, capsicum, on it. Pour 1/2 tsp of green dip on it. Garnish it with olives, jalapenos, and ketchup.

Enjoy! If you liked this recipe make sure to leave a comment :)

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