Being a Sindhi, I love the culture. Sindhis are basically people who has their base in Sindh, which is now in Sindh, Pakistan. Sindhis are highly influenced by Sufi doctrines and principles. Some of the popular cultural icons are Raja Dahir, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Jhulelal, Sachal Sarmast and Shambumal Tulsiani. Sindhi Hindus believe in tenets of Sikhism but are predominantly Sahajdhari.
The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry. Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizeable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947. Following are some Sindhi Cuisines:
- Sai bhaji chawal, a popular dish from Sindh consists of white steamed rice served with spinach curry which is given a ‘tarka’ with tomatoes, onions and garlic.
- Koki is another popular Sindhi flat-bread that is prepared with wheat flour and goes well with any dal, sabzi or even curd or chai.
- Seviyan (Vermicelli), typically served as a sweetened (sometimes milk-based) dessert.
- Sindhi Kadi is a unique and special dish prepared on festive occasions specially by Sindhis residing in India. It is served hot with rice.
- Mitho lolo is also served with chilled buttermilk called Matho on various occasions.
- Taryal Patata, a staple of Sindhi diet, is a form of thinly sliced, pan-fried potatoes with local spices.
- Pallo Machi, is Hilsha fish prepared with numerous cooking methods. It can be deep fried and garnished with local spices, can be cooked with onions and potatoes into a traditional fish meal or barbequed.
- Palli, is a saag or leafy green from the Chickpeas, and is enjoyed either cooked by itself like spinach or with fish cooked in the palli and called “Machi Palli”. The saag has a unique flavor and is quite different from spinach or mustard saag and has a slightly sour and salty taste to it.
- Thadal (famous Sindhi drink made from almonds and poppy seeds – khashkhaash).
- Khirni (hot drink made with milk, flavours of cardamoms and saffron).
- Sherbet (drink made from rose petals or sandal wood ).
- Falooda (vermicelli and ice on top of an ice cream)
- Lassi (Yogurt made traditional drink)
Certain sects of the Sindhi community are vegetarians. The Thathai, Halai and Kutchi Bhatias are followers of Vallabh Acharya. He put forward a way to worship Sri Krishna called Pushtimarg. They are strict vegetarians who do not eat even onions and garlic and are devoted to Srinathji, the child form of Sri Krishna