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Sindhi cuisine

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Sindhi food refers to the food of the Sindhi people who live in Pakistan and India. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (Mani/Roti/Phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry.

  • Kutti: Mashed Ofrato (Paratha Bread) with sugar and butter.
  • Lolo or Mitho Lolo: Sweeter version of koki - also made if you get chicken pox.
  • Ku-ini Kich-anee: Sindhi comfort food. A porridge like dish made with rice and served with yogurt.
  • Chhola Dhabal: baked bread with chick peas in thick gravy.
  • Ka-raw-o: religious offering made with flour, ghee and sugar.
  • Bhat: - porridge, usually given to a sick child, but popular at all times.
  • Sindhi Curry: - chick pea flour and vegetables like lady finger, potato and eggplant.
  • Seyal Mani (Cooked Chappati in green sauce with tomato, coriander and spices).
  • Seyal Dab-roti (variation of above, but instead of Chappati, use bread)
  • Beehan ji Bhaji: Curry made of beeh (lotus root).
  • Koki or Loli (a thick chappati with ghee, onion and coriander).
  • Loli Du-dh (as above, but served with yogurt. Some Sindhis will eat Loli with pickles, but many Sindhis do not consider it good form to mix yogurt and pickles). This is a popular dish served at breakfast or brunch.
  • Pappad (a crisp and thin snack. Sindhi will generally eat this after a meal to digest food and in particular after an oily meal).
  • Dhodo Chutney (A thick roti with garlic paste and served with mint chutney)
  • Sai Bhaji (a spinach based gravy, sai means green - the colour of spinach)
  • Bugha Chawar (a browned rice)
  • Bhugal Bheeha (lotus root in thick curry)
  • Dhangi Fulko (moong beans with roti)
  • Curry Chawal (a tomato curry eaten with white rice - served with aloo took, a potato cutlet)
  • Besan ji Bhaji (vegetable made of gram flour)
  • Bhugal Teewarn (a mutton dish)
  • Jera & Bhukiyoo (Fried liver, Kidney of goat)
  • Dal Tikkhar (daal yellow pulses) cooked in gravy eaten with crisp fried very thin matthi
  • Bhugge Chawal (rice cooked in flavoured spices beige/ golden brown in colour with vegetable assortments)
  • Pava (goats legs)
  • Pakkwan Dal (lentil and solid crunchy puri)
  • Curry Chawal (It's Kathi Curry eaten with Rice)
  • Fote waro Tivan (Lamb meat in cardamom)
  • Keemo (ground lamb meet)
  • Seyal Pallo (pomfret fish in garlic sauce)
  • Mejalo/Maggaz: is goat/cow brain fried.
  • Arri Pakhi curry:

Desserts or Sweets & Drinks

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  • Thadal: is a cooling and energizing drink, used by the pehlwan (wrestlers), prepared using ground char magaz, dry fruits, pepper and almonds.[1]
  • Busri: a special Sindhi sweet bread made of two breads, filled with powder of jaggery called musti/mithai sometimes with sugar, and a chunk of desi ghee or Makhan (butter) on top, eaten mostly in winters, also offered to bride and bridegroom on wedding day.
  • Ugham Halwo: is a traditional halwa made in Dadu district, made with almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts and important (ugham seeds) are used in desi ghee, it is very healthy and best in winters.[2]
  • Mao: is is sweet dish made out of milk and sugar, milk is cooked until it becomes thick paste, then it is served with dry fruits and nuts.[3] Mehar city is famous for making Sindhi mao.
  • Tairee bhat: the sweet rice made in jaggery with kishmish (Raisins ) and coconut.
  • Varo: Indian sweet made with pistachio, almonds or other nuts.
  • Moomthal: Indian sweet.
  • Khi-r-ni: a pudding of rice crushed into paste made with milk and dry fruits, flavours of cardamom and saffron.
  • Chulho: is a sweet bread of rice flour or wheat with sugar sprinkled on top, with desi ghee or makhan.
  • Sherbert: a sweet drink
  • Mal-pooro
  • Borinda: round ball like sweet snack made of sugar syrup/honey/jaggery and sesame seeds.
  • Lai: same as like borindas but flat and Lais are made of different dry fruits, sesame seeds etc.
  • Bhangg: for have fun and relaxtion , specially drunk on Holi, Eid or marriages.
  • Carrot pickle
  • Mango pickle
  • Mix fruit pickle
  • Green chilli pickle
  • Murbo (sweet grated mango in sugar syrup)

Food for Special Occasions

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There are food that are served during special occasions, such as during Diwali a Baji with seven vegetables is made. If someone gets chicken pox and after it is gone, it is common to make an offering and make 'mitho lolo'.

Saeyun: vermicelli is served on both Eids. On special religious occasions, mitho lolo, accompanied with milk is given to the poor.

Khorak: a healthy snack made for bride and bridegroom before marriage, it is made of dry fruits and desi ghee, it is given to bride and bridegroom for seven days.

References

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  1. Maryam, Khuram (2023-05-23). "People drinking traditional drink thadal from a vendor during hot weather". Retrieved 2023-12-28.
  2. ڈیسک, ویب (2021-12-22). "سندھ کی سوغات "اگم حلوہ" فوائد جان کر آپ حیران رہ جائیں گے -". ARYNews.tv | Urdu - Har Lamha Bakhabar (in Urdu). Retrieved 2023-12-28.
  3. "Moosani mava: spoiled milk turned into sweet delight". Daily Times. 2022-02-28. Retrieved 2023-12-28.