(Last Updated on : 29/11/2013)
Sindhi cuisine encompasses a wide variety of dishes introduced by Sindhi
people. While Sindh is not geographically a part of modern India, its list of food is equally tasted and enjoyed by the people of India. Starting from snacks
to main course to desserts
, it has everything to offer to its food lovers.
Sindhi cuisine, especially the local one was greatly influenced after the arrival of Islam
in South Asia. The cuisines of Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia had high impact on the cuisine of Sindh. There are many Sindhi people who prefer non vegetarian cuisines but there are also certain communities who are fond of vegetarian food
Different types of Sindhi Cuisine
Sindhi cuisine comprises of various snacks such as Kutti, Lolo or Mithi Loli, Maal-apuroo Mithaee Maanii, Ku-ini Kich-anee, Chhola Dhabal, Ka-raw-o and Bhat. But wheat
-based flat-bread or phulka and rice
accompanied by gravy and a dry dish are the common daily food which dominates most of the Sindhi households.
There are innumerable main course dishes like the popular Sindhi Biryani which is prepared using steamed boiled rice mixed with special Sindhi recipe of spices. Then there is Sindhi Curry which is a combination of chick pea flour and vegetables like lady finger, potato and eggplant. Seyal Mani, Seyal Dab-roti, Seyal Phulko, Bhugi Bhaji, Seyal Bhaji, Sabu dal chawar, Koki, Loli, Loli Du-dh, Pappad, Dhodo Chutney, Sai Bhaji, Bugha Chawar, Bhugal Bheeha, Dhangi Fulko, Curry Chawal, Besan ji Bhaji, Bhugal Teewarn, Dal Tikkhar, Tikhi Dal khichdi, Bhugge Chawal, Pava, Pakkwan Dal, Keemo, Seyal Pallo are some other food items that fall under Sindhi main course dishes.
Just like the long list of main course dishes, there are plenty of desserts as well. Desserts like Thadal, Varo, Tosho, Dothi, Geara, Mohanthal, Khi-r-ni, Sherbet, Mesu Tikki, falooda, Boorani, Layee, Bhoreenda, Lasee and gulqand deserves special mention.
Sindhis are also appreciated for their variety of pickles
like carrot pickle, chili carrot, mango pickle, mix fruit pickle, green chilli pickle etc.
Sindhi Cuisine for Special Occasions
Sindhi cuisine is not limited to its above mentioned snacks, main course, desserts or pickles. During occasions like Diwali
, Bakri-Id and Eid ul-Fitr
, variety of fantastically cooked dishes can be found. A vegetable dish called Chiti-Kuni made with seven vegetables
gets popularity at the time of Diwali. Sai bhaji chawal consisting of white steamed rice served with spinach curry which is given a 'tarka' with tomatoes, onions and garlic is also demanding.
Then there is vermicelli, renowned as a sweetened dessert, is served on Bakri-Id and Eid ul-Fitr. Another special sweet dish called 'Kheer Kharkun' is also served on Eid ul-Fitr.
On special religious occasions, mitho lolo, accompanied with milk
, is given to the poor. Mitho lolo can also be served with chilled buttermilk called Matho.
Sindhi food undoubtedly, finds its place in the menu of various popular Indian restaurants, hotels, food stations etc.