Monday, June 24, 2024

The Sindhi Cuisine

Written By Neha Pamnani (Grade 11)


India is a country known for its diversity and customs. The unity and respect we have attained towards each other as citizens is remarkable. It’s a country filled with astonishing history but importantly, it’s known for its delicious and exquisite cuisine.

The Indian food is filled with authenticity and extraordinary flavours, making it appealing and special. Every culture has its own cuisine with its own flavours, ingredients and spices.

Every dish has a story.

How was it invented? Which region does it belong to? These are some of the questions we get in our minds when we hear about a new dish.

We live in a time where fast-foods are craved and home-made food is disregarded. As for me, it’s not in me to crave any other cuisine other than my very own Sindhi cuisine.

Sindhi cuisine is from Sindh (now in Pakistan). 

Belonging to a Sindhi family, I’ve always known Sundays to begin with a traditional Sindhi breakfast, Dal Pakwan. It’s a famous and mouth-watering dish served along with tangy mint coriander chutney which is loved by everyone.

I’ve always loved Sindhi food as it brings back the memories of family gatherings or festive seasons when we dine together savouring the delicious Sindhi dishes made with authentic and appetizing flavours and celebrating joyous occasions with filled stomachs and uncontrollable smiles.

Those unexpected lunches where the tangy and spicy kadhi-chawal (curry-rice) is served are the ones most enjoyed and loved by our family.

And of course, no occasion or puja is completed if not followed by the most important prasad, that’s Tairi-sai bhaji (sweetened rice along with spinach curry).

The Sindhis have a festival named Thadri. On that auspicious day we are not allowed to use the stove. Thus, no cooking of any kind can be done. So all the food is prepared the night before. The prasad is served after the puja which is Mitho Lolo (Sweet koki) as it is the best way to start our day with something sweet. Tomato chutney, dal, paratha, and lots more is prepared.

On Diwali, a bhaji with seven nutritious vegetables is prepared known as chiti-kuni. It’s served to celebrate the joyous festival of lights with family and friends.

We even have a peculiar dish made up of, bhey, commonly known as Lotus stem. It is another Sindhi delicacy made in the form of curry. 

Next in line we have tariyal aaloo (fried potatoes) which are also made in the form of aaloo tuk.

The long list of my favourite Sindhi cuisine surely does not end here. The dishes mentioned above are the most famous ones but these also are the dishes loved by every Sindhi child!

All of these are a must try!! 

Sindhi cuisine is a treasure trove of flavour, blending the influences of various cultures and regions. From aromatic biryanis to spicy curries and mouth-watering snacks, Sindhi cuisine has so much to offer.


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