Sindhful Khar, Mumbai’s Overdue Tryst With Sindhi Food

I’m going to level with you, until just a few days ago I had no idea that Sindhi food was a thing. I mean I knew Sindhi people ate food, that goes without saying; I just assumed it was butter chicken and naan, a stereotype that my friends pointed out is extremely offensive. So I apologise to the Sindhi community for what I said, and maybe also for what I’m about to say.

The whole point of this site is basically not to wind up like a useless version of Zomato that reviews every eatery in the city. The places we review are selected through the highly scientific process of throwing a dart at a map of Mumbai and seeing where it lands, a technique we copied from Social’s expansion strategy.The only people who review restaurants on Zomato are overzealous, lonely souls who vent out the frustration of their failures on small business owners, but in this case I’ll admit, Zomato did influence our decision to review Sindhful.

Sindhful isn’t a place you can go (a bit like Sindh actually), it’s just a kitchen that does deliveries. But my God whatever they do in that kitchen is pure wizardry, I wouldn’t be surprised if the chefs were being controlled by rats hiding in their hats, which is just my way of saying their food is excellent. We ordered three items on the menu that we were promised were the best and we’ve had absolutely no reason to believe that we were misled.

1) Kheema Pav

Price: Rs.300

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Where I pretend to come from, a good kheema pav shouldn’t cost you more than Rs.150, but this wasn’t just good kheema, this was great kheema.  Sure it was a bit more expensive I’d have liked to pay, but I regret nothing. Sindhful is also really generous with their portions, so one kheema pav is enough for two adults. The kheema was flavourful, and not too spicy, perfect for the middle class.

2) Sindhi Kadhi Chawal with Aloo Tuk

Price: Rs.220

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I don’t know a whole lot about Sindhi food, but I hope Sindhi Kadhi is a big part of it; it was not entirely dissimilar to sambar and was so good I actually enjoyed the bits of ladyfinger floating about (#feminism).  What we really liked was the Aloo Tuk, which was chunks of potato that were fried and coated in spices, sort of like Sindhi peri peri fries. It wasn’t as crunchy as I’d hoped, but I’m not one to judge.

3) Dal Pakwan

Price: Rs.160

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The dal pakwan, which to us seemed like Sindhi nachos, were a pretty good combination, the dal was a little spicy but nothing we couldn’t handle. But we need to talk about the chutney. The green chutney was beautiful. It was garlicky and spicy and possibly some of the best chutney we’ve ever had, it really ought to have its own place on the menu. I almost murdered my colleague when he accidentally dropped some of it on the table. Civility has no place where chutney is concerned.

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