Dal Puri ~Simple Comforts

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Today I had promised myself that I won’t go ahead with my ramblings, so all the regular visitors of my Virtual Kitchen, can simply heave a sigh of relief ! But hold on……..promises are meant to be broken isn’t it?
Well, I wont budge without talking about the Earth Hour, that was observed on 28th March, all around the globe.The question is did we participated and put off the lights for an hour? Nopes…the reason is we already did that for 6 hours during the day and do so religiously everyday, Thanks to the daily “loadshedding”. But the earth hour did made me sit and think about, how wonderful it would be, if all the residential areas (and not industrial ones) in Maharashtra at least, switched off the lights for an hour daily, then obviously we wont have to suffer the daily torture of six-hours-no-electricity…….Any one listening???

Now coming to Dal puri,which is one of the most common breakfast amongst Sindhis.Now all those health conscious people, before you frown upon me, let me assure you that the deep fried puris can be replaced with plain roti, koki, even bread ,but then few combinations are made in heaven.And Dal puri is one such awesome combination.
Long long ago…when we were kids,a neighbouring food thela was very popular place for all the morning persons to meet and chat ,while they waited for the aged, frail, soft spoken UNCLE, to assemble the Dal ,dal moong, dal bread etc, on the fresh, green leaves (Don’t remember whether they were betel leaves). The real dense, creamy plain dal (yellow split moong dal) flavored with just salt, turmeric and black pepper powder, used to be a staple breakfast for many of kids around,since it was non spicy,and for elders the dalmoong (Recipe coming soon), flavored with garam masala, some Imli chutney, and chopped boiled veggies was most loved breakfast with either Rotis o

The memories of a toddler, studying in Balmandir (PlayΒ  school) ,when thatΒ  kid used to wait for Recess time so that mother would send that creamy dal on leaf,with some koki or puri wrapped in a handkerchief (During those times, no aluminum foils or fancy tissue wrappers were available) still lingers around me . Got the connection?? No?? Huh ,who would wait for a recess in two hour session of school, but a foodie like…yours Truly πŸ™‚


Dal Puri ~Simple Comforts
Recipe type: Break Fast
Serves: 3-4
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Cook time:
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Creamy Lentils cooked with minimum spices and served with deep fried Puri
For Pooris :
  • Wheat flour 1 cup
  • Salt as per taste
  • Black pepper powder ¼ tspn
  • Cumin seeds 1 tspn
  • Oil for frying
For Dal
  • Yellow split Moong dal(peeli dal) 1 cup
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tspn
  • Black pepper powder to garnish
  • A piece of charcoal and a tsp of Ghee (Optional)
To Make Puri
  1. Mix wheat flour ,salt,black pepper powder,cumin seeds and knead a dough
  2. The dough should not be too hard or too soft.Let it rest for a while.Then knead it little further to make the dough smooth and workable
  3. Take a very small portion of this dough and roll it into small chapati.
  4. Gently and carefully slide this puri in frying pan,and the oil should be hot
  5. Slightly keep on pressing the sides of puri so that it puffs up(That's Fun!)
  6. Toss it and cook it on slow flame for just about 3-4 seconds or till the surface appears light brown
To Make Dal
  1. Pick, wash and soak moong dal for 15 minutes
  2. Boil it in a pressure cooker with some salt,water and turmeric powder,untill two whistles of cooker.
  3. It can be cooked in a pan or Handi too, the cooking time will be anywhere around 15-25 minutes depending upon the quality of dal and soaking time.
  4. Whisk it with the hand whisker and adjust the consistency of dal. It should be thick creamy
  5. Garnish it with black pepper powder.Optionally one can add the tempering of red chilly powder+garam masala powder+coriander powder, ¼ tsp of each,before serving. Another option is to heat up a charcoal piece, place a small steel katori in handi/ cooker containing dal, add a tsp of ghee over the charcoal and immediately cover the pan or cooker with a lid so that the smoke get trapped inside the container. This imparts a lovely smoky flavour to dal.
  6. This dal has a tendency of thickening, soon after it is made, so add little hot water and boil, every time you serve it


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45 thoughts on “Dal Puri ~Simple Comforts

  1. Prakash Bhatia says:

    I think only sindhis understand the fabulous taste of moong dal and too yellow and cook with such a passion that nody in the world can do.I may sound loud but it is true.No one in the world eats poori with dal all eat it with ‘aloo ki sabzi’.It shows that sindhis give top billing to moong dal whereas all others treat as ‘beemaron ka khana’.I at the age of 63 still love eating pooris that too with dal,tariyal papar and hot cup of tea.Brilliant breakfast!Love it-Prakash Bhatia

  2. […] 3-4From Sindhi Rasoi For Puri 1 cup flour Salt as per taste 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cumin seeds Water Oil for […]

  3. Hi, just read the recipe for Dal Makhani (or Badhi dal) as we call it, looks good. We usually add mixture of Amchur, Red chilli pd, dhania pd. on top and a tablespoon of hot oil to temper the masala. Tastes yum too!

  4. so simple yet so divine,..

  5. I love this! Abs. yummy food.

  6. Puris look awsome.. I love them with toor dal.. Have to try with moong though..

  7. so true…i guess load shedding takes care of the problem well enough that you dont have to turn off the lights on your own! πŸ™‚

  8. Alka, this is the first sindhi food blog I have come across and woooaaa what a time when my servant’s off for a holiday..:)

    This daal puri takes me back in time too.. to Sundays when this would be a specility deserving of a weekend morning..oooh it’s been so long I had this..

    Nice to meet a fellow Sindhi & shall keep dropping by..

  9. those puris and dal look fantastic, dear alka. maybe you should develop some recipes for chutneys, etc. that don’t need a blender or electrical appliances so that people with power cuts don’t have to go without cooking.

  10. Definitely simple and comforting dish… First time here you have a vibrant collection of dishes…

  11. Dal-Puri looks delicious Alka. I also like Dal Pakwan from the days that I used to work with some Sindhi colleaugues but never heard about this combination πŸ™‚

  12. Puris were what we thought of for today’s breakfast, but changed last minute…nice combi and tempting pics

  13. Thanks Alka for visiting Krishnaarpanam. I am a secret visitor of your site and love all the recipes that you share specially the Dal-pakwan. Thanks for the lovely recipes.

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog.Your Puri’s and Dal look so tempting..Nice clicks πŸ™‚

  15. Wow….thats such an easy recipe for dal. The puris look wonderful!

  16. Dhal is all my time fav though not yet tasted with pooris….Clicks are cool!
    Will want to readily try this combo πŸ™‚

  17. I’m listening πŸ™‚

  18. How simple and how perfectly delicious. This is comfort food at its best, Alka.

  19. that looks totally comforting πŸ™‚ i’ve never had dal with puris.it is always aalu or channa masala. will try this combi.

  20. I love pooris, The dal looks just yummy Alka esp with the pepper garnish

  21. Poori is our all time favorite and that said it has been a while since I made it. This combination is simple yet comforting, glorious way to end a long day.

  22. Wow that’s luk yummy….Honestly I find Sindhis fond of Mung daal. WE have so many recipes for this daal….Loved ur blog and of course receives.

    Keep up good Work πŸ™‚


  23. I am not afraid to fry pooris, for they are my love LOL really it’s not like we eat it everyday.. & when i do eat i don’t feel gulity but really enjoy. but the only dal i ever had with puri is the slightly sweet bengali chana (cholar dal) dal. this sounds good. i never had the pleasure of having fresh lunch in school as i had to travel to go to school & colleges. so it was always a dabba:-)

  24. Hi
    a goog picture and an a commendable effort to take it as well. I was hoping you give us beh ja pakora (although I guess its a winter snack).

  25. Nice one…I must try out koki…my very good friends in college were Sindhis and they brought such awesome meethi koki in their dabba…the dal sounds yum…love the pepper in it…and thanks for dropping by my blog

  26. You must have had to click real fast … before that puri fell flat … hai na Alka? πŸ™‚
    Lovely snaps. πŸ™‚

  27. The dish looks quite tempting and with very less ingredients ,makes it more special. My husband loves to eat food with no onion and garlic,and ur dish helps me a lot. Thanks.

  28. hi,
    lovely read. Awesome pictures. I love the combo. I have nearly stopped making deep fried recipe at home πŸ™ reading ur post I am tempted to make to them once in a while. Lovely blog! All the best!

  29. Wow that looks so delish and perfect. It brings back lots of memories.. Can have poori any time..

  30. Basantlal Nagdev says:

    Can anyone give me recipe of “Besni” curry

  31. Basantlal Nagdev says:

    Forget the Puris, just take the dal, apply dal to 2 slices of bread and put any fried item like wada, pakoda, samosa or even tikki, just sprinkle some chat masala and behold u get sindhi sandwich. Just top it with fried green chilly and some tamarind chutney. This sandwich is popular in Kalbadevi (Ganesh gully, outside MJ market) and Ulhasnagar

  32. That’s funny…I was never a foodie as a kid, but got more interested as I grew up. Love your dal-puri combo

  33. dhal and puri look soo yummy… totally agree with what you said – simple comforts are the best πŸ™‚

  34. Alka, you are entitled to the cribbing but you know what, unless you drive a car everywhere, Indians (by that mean living in India) have the least carbon foot print compared to the developed world.

    And an indulgence once in a while is never wrong and yours is actually quite a nutritious meal with that delicious protein filled dal.

  35. Wow wish i could brab the dal and the puri.

  36. Thats a very simple recipe yet very tasty! Nice click Alka!

  37. KAVITA KALATI says:

    Dal puri reminded me of my childhood and my mother who used to serve us sindhi makhni dal with garam garam puris, god where are those days and where are those lovely people.
    World and time is completley changed.

  38. Dal Puri (new combination for me) looks appetizing; love the freshly ground pepper on the dal looks delicious with the perfectly puffed puris!

    enjoyed the anecdote of the childhood memories πŸ™‚

  39. The distribution of power (whichever meaning we choose) is really unfair in the world. A few countries suffer from load shedding cuts, while a few others take electricity for granted. Its the awareness that is lacking in most cases…hmph!

    The poori and dal look sooo yummy, lovely pics too Alka. I wish I could have some right now..

  40. It looks like my mom has just made, and i m seeing on webcam but cannot eat it[:(]

  41. Hi Alka,
    U reminded me of those school days when mummy used to make dal puri for breakfast and we would gup up… i dont know how many… miss those days πŸ™‚
    U r site is amazing and reminds me of all the sindhi food which i miss making … thanks for reminding πŸ™‚
    And Chettichand jii lakh lakh vadiyu πŸ™‚

  42. Looks colorful and tempting..your clicks always fascinates me..lovely dal..hmm

  43. Loved you Earth Hour blog and thank you for the Dal Puri recepe. I am trying it for this weekend breakfast. My younger daughter is a strict vegetarian so I have to find ways and means of making her eat protiens.

  44. thanks for updates. says:

    Great mouthwatering dish what a treat “fit for the Kings and ofcourse Queens too”

  45. HeHe! I ramble too sometimes and sometimes I can’t think of anything to write except recipes! πŸ˜›

    Dal Puri looks yum, dal is simple yet flavorful. Glad you are like me, one of those who is not afraid to fry at least once a week or once in 2 weeks!

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