To Sindh Via VIG.
Last week, I happened to meet and work with a Sindhi who lives to eat. His workspace has a basic kitchen where he cooks instant as well as elaborate meals whenever he feels like it. If not, he is always ordering food from restaurants and street carts from far and wide. It shows on him, he weighs a neat 110 kilos. One morning after we had spent the night working (we had ordered an elaborate midnight meal from Jai Hind in Lower Parel), he decided to treat me to something I had never had before, at his favourite restaurant. He took to me VIG in Chembur and insisted that I try the Dal Pakwan. According to him, no one else in India makes it better than them.
It was Yum!
Simple Sindhi breakfast - the Dal Pakwan. The secret lies is the way they mix the masala (nothing fancy- that usual cumin, coriander, chillies, turmeric, etc.), the ordinary pickle that is added to it and the simple, humble onion garnish. The 'Bread' is equally simple. It's a deep fried, unleavened kind and costs Rs. 21/-
VIG serves more than just the Dal Pakwan. The entrance of this one hall restaurant is packed with an arsenal of tawa, open tandoor and a pulav/biryani slowly cooking on a basic charcoal stove to draw in the customers.
Ask any Sindhi and they will say that the best time to visit would be on a lazy Sunday morning.