Pakistan is the country rich in traditions, customs, and languages. Talking about food, this nation is known as proud foodies. Here festivals mean delicious food to be cooked and served. The gathering is completed when the dining table is filled with sweet and spicy dishes. Any birth is celebrated by serving the best food. Interestingly students around the globe get presents on their graduation but we, Pakistanis want dinner party!!!! Friends! Our official meetings are always accompanied by an official lunch/Dinner. Here food is the best way of expressing love. If someone accepts your lunch offer, it means the ball is in your court.
It makes me very proud to say that Pakistan is the home to all sorts of delicacies, enjoyed by people from all around the country. Though it gets a little spicy or sweet for tourists but Hey! That’s what we are!
There are many Pakistani dishes but I have selected the best from various regions of the country.
Sindhi biryani is one of the most favorite dishes not only for the people of Sindh but for all of Pakistan. It is a spicy dish made from rice. Pre-steamed rice is layered with a dry spice combination of cumin, nutmeg, cardamom, and turmeric. It is then sprinkled with cooked meat (chicken/beef) with a topping of chopped green chili, mint, coriander and sliced lemons.
Biryani can be a bit dry so side dish called raita is served with it. A plate of biryani is perfect and most wanted lunch in Pakistan.
Peshawari Chappal/Chapli Kabab
Chappal Kabab of Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa is not only Pakistan’s best dish but the world’s greatest food. Sometimes called Peshawari Kabab is the dish that is pilgrimage worthy. This deep-fried fat patty has so much flavor in it.
Often made with buffalo meat, the mince is kneaded through with dry spices and often a few fresh ingredients, like white onions. Some versions add tomato, but wherever it could always taste cumin seeds, wonderfully strong black pepper, and often hints of cardamom. It is usually enjoyed with Naan with lemon juice sprinkled.
Multani Sohan Halwa
Sohan Halwa is one of the traditional desserts in Pakistan. The Hafiz Halwa shop in Multan claims it was introduced by Dewan Sawan Mal, the ruler of Multan in 1750. However, there is a theory that was invented in Persia by Iranian people and it was considered an ancient sweet served during social gatherings.
It is made by boiling a mixture of water, sugar, milk, and cornflour until it becomes solid. Saffron is used for flavoring. Ghee is used to preventing it from sticking to the pan. Almonds, pistachios, and cardamom seeds are added.
Lahori paaye is the traditional breakfast dish, especially in Lahore. Paaye is considered as a delicacy when people use wood or coal for cooking. This dish has a soup-like consistency and is usually eaten as a breakfast food in the winter months with naan. Recipes for this dish vary slightly from region to region. The soup base is created by sautéed onions, tomatoes, and garlic to which several curry based spices are added.
Sajji has entered in Pakistani Cuisine from Balochistan. It consists of whole chicken or lamb to be grilled after marinated in salt or green papaya paste only. Very little seasoning is used as these dishes involve heat and quality meat. People in Lahore and Karachi spice it up according to their taste buds.
There is a lot more to Pakistan than we have covered. Halwa puri, Nehari, Kheer, Gulab Jaman, Haleem, Karahi, seekh kabab, and many more are available to enjoy the diversity of Pakistani Cuisine.