Sindhi Foods

Sundays were made special by relishing Dal Pakwan, or Chola Dhabhai (Garbanzo beans curry served with bread) or at times Dal moong (Mixed lentils). 
dal pakwan

 Batan papdi(hard round unsweetened rusk topped with boiled potato, chopped onions, papdi, salted boondi, and various chutneys)
batan papdi chaat

Tuk (Sindhi Twice-fried Potatoes)

Paneer Korma

Paneer Korma Photo


Finding someone to interview was quite difficult seeing as most of the Sindhi people arn't recognized as Sindhi anymore but Indians. I looked through fan pages on Facebook as well as other ways but could nto get in contact with one specifically. I was able to find out information on the Sindhi people from a friend who was Indian. 
During my interview I asked questions that were simple and basically anything I could be told, I appreciated. 
What happened when the Sindhi were pushed out of Pakistan?
They came to India as refugees, settled in the state of Punjab of India, and became Indians

Is there still a large group of Sindhi people?
There is the same amount except most of them are recognized as Indians now rather than Sindhi

What is the biggest part of their culture?
They were mostly farmers because they settled around the Indus River

Whats a fun fact about the Sindhi?

It was along the Sindhi River that the world’s first language or script was evolved

My friend could only tell me what he remembered from stories being told as well as history but still being able to talk to someone who knew more about the Sindhi people made it more real. 

Sindhi Migrations

Sindhi Migrations are known as one of the greatest in history, as they were being forced out of their own homeland to neighboring country India. They went through much tragedy along the way, ans this was no simple move for families. Families had to leave behind everything they know and go to a new country and begin again. 

The migration was brutal and riots would rise as this wasn't a choice but a must that the Sindhi people did not agree too. Due to change in government in Pakistan Sindhi had to be moved to India. There were some bloodshed as some did not want to leave because this was all they knew. Sindh was their home and sanctuary for there they were all one and now they would have to become Indians. 

Migrating to India, they would slowly lose their heritage which was the worst outcome of the migration. Due to the fact they were no longer in Sindh, there were no schools to teach the Sindh language or educate children on the cultures they believed in. Slowly the culture would be forgotten and books were no longer being written as more and more Sindh became Indians. Many still had small groups that would stick together and talk about Sindh culture but due to the migration many were not close to eachother but rather scattered apart. 

Being in India they adapted to living as well as they could and most were farmers. The migration of the Sindhi people is such a historical event because not only were they forced to move out of their homeland but their culture died as well and only a few still now consider themselves Sindhi as well as keeping the culture and traditions alive.

Sindhi Interesting Facts

  • every word in Sindhi ends in a vowel, giving it a musical sound
  • Raja Dahir was the last Hindhi ruler of Sindhi
  • Sandhu Vaswani's birthday is celebrated as meatless day (November 25th)
  • the Sindhi language has 52 letters 
  • Sindhi derived its name from the Sindhu River also known as the Indus River 
  • the birth of hinduism started in Sindh
  • Sindh has been perhaps the most significant market place through the history of human civilization.


Birds of the Sindh

The Sindhi had many important birds that were part of their culture.
Omdoam Great Bustard which scientific name is Ardeotis nigricps and the Sindhi would call it Barri Tiloor, Hukna   another few birds are ........listed by actual name /scientific name/ and what the Sindhi would call them 
  • Houbara /Macqueen's Bustard--Chlamydotis macqueeni--Tiloor, Houbara    

  • Common / Blue Peafowl--Paro cristatus--Neela More, Mor    

  • Black Francolin --Partridge Francolinus francolinus --Kala Titer, Karo Tittar    

  • Grey Francolin ---Partridge Francolinus pondicerianu---Bhura Titer, Achho Tittar    

  • Yellow Legged Green Pigeon--Treron phocnicoptera--Harrial Kabutar    

  • Red Turtle Dove----Streptopclia tranquebarica---Surkh Fakhta    

  • Dalmatian Pelican---Pelecanus crispus--Hawasal, Painn Pakhhi    

  • Lesser Flamingo---Phoenicopterus minor--Lum Dheeng/ Laakho Jani    

  • Oriental Darter/ Anhinga / Snake Bird--Anhinga melanogaster----Jall Kawwa    
These are just about 10 important birds of the Sindh.