“Wherever you find your people, call it home.
Wherever you find Sindhis, call it your Sind.”
Not many of you know that Sindhis go way back…
Ancient is the history of Sind that begins with the story of one of the oldest civilisations in the world – the Mohen-jo-Daro civilisation.
The Sindhi diaspora of the 21st century however offers a classic example of a community that was driven away from its native land (of Sindh, Pakistan) to become refugees in ‘akhand Bharat’.
I remember hearing these stories from my grandmother growing up, and for the longest time thought that this was all a part of her plan to keep me engaged and curious as a kiddo. Little did I know that this was not just true but had a lot more to it.
Her stories of getting married on the go, separating from her husband and finding him back at the refugee camp was a small blip in the grand scheme of things God had planned for her and the generations to come.
Sindhis were living a controlled yet grand life in Pakistan until 1947, a year that wrote an unforgettable chapter in the history of India.
When the British decided to give Independent status to India, Sindhis (as they say) couldn’t find themselves surviving in that foreign land that (once) used to be their own.
A lot can be said and forgotten but our (Sindhi) culture and community is what keeps us together. With Sindhis, its been great to see how many of us have found our homes in almost every corner of the world (surprisingly) including countries like Japan and Spain.
I doubt there’s a country where Sindhis have not just settled but flourished as well!
I feel proud of my ancestors who (even) back in the day didn’t shy away from looking & making a home far away from… a long lost home.
Sindhis are most commonly recognised by their language and lip-smacking food which is so far the best I’ve ever had.
Speaking of Sindhi food, I was glad to have come across this tiny little place in Bangalore that serves Sindhi food by a guy who wanted to free himself from the shackles of a corporate rut and feed the world with the kind of food that resonated with his- ‘Mom’ 🙂
I would urge all of you reading this post to grab hold of your Sindhi friend or hop over to Fat Sindhi, Bangalore to experience the cuisine that is perhaps the most underrated cuisine in this world.
Here’s what I had at Fat Sindhi –
Chicken Cutlet & Keema Cutlet
Do not confuse with this some ordinary Cutlet that is found anywhere and everywhere. Just know that-
1. Chicken and Lamb lovers could kill for this
2. Not everything that looks ordinary, tastes ordinary
A crispy fried Puri relished with chanadal (Bengal Gram) and a dash of green and tamarind chutney.
Mostly gorged over brekkie but then again there are no rules.
Wheat based onion roti (that may have various versions- high on green chilli, mixed with oats, etc. ) is another of the Sindhi wonders that is basked by many Sindhis. It’s what I call ‘comfort food’! Koki is usually eaten with dahi (yoghurt) or achaar (pickle). Once again, it’s okay to have it with any curry/dal.
This one is to die for. And I mean it!
Thali that will make you wana hire a Sindhi cook if not marry into a Sindhi family :-p
The world most certainly needs more Sindhis who can cook scrumptious Sindhi food for the ones who have no flying clue as to how droolworthy Sindhi food is.
I hope you all are thinking of your Sindhi friends who you can reach out to, to self-invite yourself into their homes for a meal.
Sindhi food items you all must demand once you enter a Sindhi home
(other than the ones mentioned above)
– Seyun Patata (sweet vermicelli with fried potatoes)
– Bori/Kutti (crumbled roti with sugar and ghee) : I’ve literally grown up gorging this yum-drum.
– Kadi Chawal (my personal fav)
– Sai bhaji-Pulao (dal palak and onion-based brown coloured rice)
Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my culture, a major part of who I am.
Please feel free to drop in your queries/questions below!