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Sindhi Cuisines in Ulhasnagar

The first thing which attracts visitors to Ulhasnagar, is nothing but the unique food culture of Sindhi people who live in the city. Even though Sindhi cuisines keep a unique flavor of its own, the influence of other famous dynasties such as Arabs, Mughals, Tukhans, Soomras etc, is reflected in their food, as they had ruled this city for years. But, this could result in the emergence of a tasty as well as different food culture that many people outside the city want to experience and enjoy.

Like other cuisines of India, Sindhi cuisines, which include delish sweets, mildly flavoured gravies, perfectly tangy curries, rich biriyanis, delicious variety of flat breads, various seasonal vegetables, etc, are vibrant, as they are dazzling and sizzling with lots of flavors. The fame of Sindhi pickles and Sindhi Papad have crossed the sea.

Sindhi cuisine of ulhasnagar

The main breakfast item in Sindhi cuisines is the Dal Pakwan, a variety of deep fried flat bread, which is served with easy home made chana dal and chutney garnished with chopped onions. Bori is another item and it is tempered with hot oil and sweetened with sugar. Double cooked on griddle, Sindhi Koki, which is whole-wheat flour flat bread and is kneaded with chillies, onion, dried pomegranate seeds, cumin and a generous amount of oil is also a main breakfast item of Sindhi food.

Lolo, which is sweet flat bread, Dodo, which is flat bread with millet flour, bajra, jowar etc, and stuffed parathas with curd are also eaten as breakfast dishes. Elders like Juar or Bhaat porridge. Bread dunked in chola dhabhala, chickpea curry or two lentils cooked together called dal moong are also the favourite breakfasts of Sindhi people.

Sindhis are the fans of simple dal (pulses), chaawal (rice), subzi (vegetables), roti (wheat flat bread) combination. They follow different style of cooking called Daagh, Seyal, Tamatey mein, saye masaley mein and Dhaas vegetables etc. If fresh vegetables are unavailable, Sindhis use seasonal vegetables and plenty of lentils or pulses. A tangy tamarind and gram flour based curry, Sindhi Kadhi, which is flavored with some spices and veghar such as cluster beans, drumsticks, okra etc, is a must tasted item. Sindhis make this special item to serve the guests with hot plain boiled white rice and sweet boondi. Amritsari wadis that is a spicy curry cooked with potatoes and Sindhi Saibhaji that is the yummiest concoction of spinach with fenugreek leaves, sorrel leaves, eggplant, potatoes, carrot, beans, okra, chana dal etc are the two not to miss Sindhi cuisines.

Decades back, lotus stem called Bhee had an important position in the marriage buffets and festival food of Sindhi people. Bheepatata and Degh Waara chaanwara were offered to neighbors and relatives. It is sure that you will be addicted to Sindhi food, if you have the Degh, a spicy curry of lotus stem, potato, peas, cooked in base of onions, eggplants and tomatoes and served with simple pulav. Sindhi Sanna Pakpda, Alu tikki, Batan papadi, Mirchi Pakora, Spinach Pakoda, Bhein Tikki are other main delicious Sindhi cuisines.

The discussion on Sindhi cuisines will not be completed without mentioning about Sindhi pickles. Paarianh waari Khatairn is the regular oil based as well as mustard seeds and water based pickles, while Kadhookas is another type of pickle that is made from raw shredded mangoes seasoned with turmeric, salt, red chilles, cloves of garlic, nigella of seeds. Sindhis also make sweet pickles like raw mango Muraba and Awran Jo Murbo (Awla).

Typical Sindhi sweets like Praghuree, Tosha, Geear, Khuskhus Halwa, chabhu Halwa etc are made for festivals such as Chetinad, Holi, Diwali, Akhand Teej, Thadree etc. Gaajar Halwa, Mazoon, Gulabjamun, Mohanthal, Rabri, Dried grated coconut mithai, Singhar Mithai etc are also their favourite sweet dishes. The popular beverages are Sherbet and Thaadal.

You can see the vendors, who sell special Sindhi cuisines like Dal Pakwan, Sindhi Patties and Dal moong etc, on the streets of Ulhasnagar. More than that, there are various restaurants that serve traditional Sindhi food along with other continental and western food varieties.

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