Diwali food at HOME – Dal Pakwan, Chana Bhatura and Besan Laddoos

Ah. Diwali and the New Year celebrations are just over but the hangover remains – with lots of mithais, dry fruits and gifts yet to consume! Had a great Diwali. Decorated the house with rangoli, toran and diyas.

For breakfast, we had a Sindhi dish called Dal Pakwan. It is well spiced chana dal served with deep fried maida crispy puris. Its absolutely delicious and sinful at the same time.

dal pakwan

dal pakwan

Lunch was Punjabi meal of Chana Bhatura, served with thickly sliced onions and green chilies – an outright deadly combination – we love it!

Chana bhatura

Chana bhatura

Well, we were unconditionally full, but a day like Diwali cannot be let go without something sweet. So, I made and served besan laddoos.

besan ka laddoos

besan ka laddoos

After such a lunch, we could do nothing more than nap away for an hour. The first half of the meals were so filling that the pani-puri I made for the evening snack had to be eaten the next day. We stuck to a light dinner as the following day was our New Year and we were going visiting to friends and family’s’ houses to wish all a good year ahead.

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Chana Bhatura

I love this dish. Its a staple of Punjabis and in Delhi its even served for breakfast.

The surprising thing is that whenever I have eaten in Delhi, I’ve had it for breakfast, followed that with a glass of sweet lassi. Trust me – the glasses there are quite large (often I’ve not been able to finish off the lassi). The chana is served with bhatura / kulcha or puri. I love the kulchas and bhatura there. After such a meal, I always have said NO LUNCH. But come lunch time and I am ready to eat! Can’t do the same in Mumbai – dunno why.

Below is the snap I took of my chana-bhatura. Made it for dinner. Served and eaten Punjabi style – with sliced onions and green chili – yummmmm……….

chana bhatura

chana bhatura

 

Chole with butter naan

Chole with butter naan

Chole with butter naan

This was my dinner tonight. I love Chole-Bathura. However, trying not to eat too much of fried food, instead of making bathura at home, I just ordered -in a butter naan. Give a Punjabi Chole with bathura, kulcha or then a naan; serve it with onions and raw green chilies and he will be very satisfied. I am! End to a good weekend.