Pakwan Dal Recipe

Pakwan Dal is a popular Indian dish made with lentils and served with crispy fried bread called pakwan. The lentils are cooked until soft and then tempered with aromatic spices like cumin, mustard seeds, and turmeric. The dish is rich in protein and fiber, making it a nutritious and filling meal. The crispy pakwan adds a delightful crunch to the creamy dal. Pakwan Dal is often enjoyed as a breakfast or brunch dish in many parts of India.

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Pakwan Dal

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Ingredients for Pakwan Dal Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Lentils
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 0.13 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • As required Salt To Taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • pinch A Pinch Of Asafoetida
  • 1/4 Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 inch Ginger, Grated
  • 0.88 Lic Cloves, Minced
  • 1/2 Tomatoes, Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Green Chilies, Slit
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 0.13 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • as per your need For Pakwan
  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 0.06 cup Semolina
  • 0.13 teaspoon Salt
  • 0.13 teaspoon Carom Seeds
  • as per your need Water For Kneading
  • as required Oil For Frying

Directions: Pakwan Dal Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.Rinse the lentils thoroughly and soak them in water for 30 minutes.
  • STEP 2.In a pressure cooker, add the soaked lentils, water, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook for 4-5 whistles or until the lentils are soft and mushy.
  • STEP 3.In a separate pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and asafoetida. Let them splutter.
  • STEP 4.Add chopped onions, ginger, and garlic to the pan and saut茅 until the onions turn golden brown.
  • STEP 5.Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, and spices like red chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and the spices are well combined.
  • STEP 6.Add the cooked lentils to the pan and mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding water if needed. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • STEP 7.For the pakwan, mix all-purpose flour, semolina, salt, and carom seeds in a bowl. Knead into a stiff dough using water.
  • STEP 8.Divide the dough into small portions and roll them into thin circles. Prick the circles with a fork to prevent puffing while frying.
  • STEP 9.Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the rolled dough circles until golden and crispy.
  • STEP 10.Serve the Pakwan Dal hot, garnished with chopped coriander leaves and accompanied by the crispy pakwan.

Cooking Tips

  • Soaking the lentils helps in reducing the cooking time and makes them easier to digest.
  • Adjust the spice levels according to your preference by adding more or less chili powder and green chilies.
  • You can add a squeeze of lemon juice before serving to enhance the flavors of the dal.
  • Make sure the pakwan dough is rolled thin to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Store any leftover dal and pakwan separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Reheat the dal before serving and fry the pakwan again for a few seconds to regain its crispiness.

Storage and Serving

  • Leftover Pakwan Dal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat the dal in a pan or microwave before serving.
  • Serve Pakwan Dal as a main course dish with rice or Indian bread like roti or naan.
  • You can also enjoy it as a snack or appetizer by serving the dal with the crispy pakwan on the side.
  • Garnish the dal with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot for the best flavors.
calories per serving
< 1 g Fat8 g Protein57 g Carbs3 g FiberOther

Current Totals

  • Fat
    < 1g
  • Protein
  • Carbs
  • Fiber


  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber


  • Fat
    < 1g

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
    < 1mg
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
    < 1mcg
  • Zinc
    < 1mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp