Most famous Pakistani foods

Pakistani foods

Pakistan is famous for its traditional foods and a huge variety of dishes. People from all over the world visits Pakistan and specially the cities like Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan to taste the traditional foods of Pakistani nation. Here is the list of some most popular market and domestic food items Pakistani people like to consume on their daily routines.


Chaats are usually small, ingested on their own as a light meal, or merged with other foods to form a big meal. Chaat may be a mixture of different fruits or chana and vegetables. Pakistan people like it specially in ramzan on iftaar. Throughout Pakistan and Bangladesh, chaat can be found at chaatwallas (street vendors), serving various dishes, from stuffed bread to deep-fried pastries with accompanying dipping sauces.   

Chaat is a term signifying a huge variety of Pakistani street foods, snacks, or small meals which usually combine salty, spicy, sweet, and sour flavors. The name chaat is obtained from a Hindi verb “chaatna”, meaning to lick, possibly referring to the finger-licking good quality of foods. 


Nihari is a casserole from the Indian-subcontinent composed of leisurely-cooked meat, mainly lower limb’s meat of beef or lamb and mutton, goat meat and chicken, along with bone marrow. It is flavored with long pepper (pippali), a relative of black pepper. Nehari can be made with any of the meat like chicken, mutton, beef. But it is said that, Pakistani people like it made with beef traditionally called as “Nali Nehari”.


Paratha is a flatbread inhabitant to the Indian subcontinent, widespread throughout the modern-day nations of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh where wheat is the traditional staple. Paratha in countries like Pakistan, is made in desi ghee which makes it more crunchy. Paratha is a combination of the words “parat” and “atta”, which literally means layers of cooked dough. Alternative spellings and names.

Extensively, like Nan, paratha is also made with the filling of other food items like sugar, egg, dal, minced mutton, minced beef and minced chicken. People also like to have paratha filled with vegetables in breakfast.

 Zarda Pulao

Zarda pulao is a dish served separately where two types of rice are traditionally served, one after another. Zarda refers to the bright yellowish rice cooked in sugar with add-on items like kishmish (dried grapes), almonds, coconuts. Zarda is a pure Pakistani dish. Pulao is served prior to the zarda. Pulao is a fried rice and mixed with the soup of chicken or mutton. Pulao is a salty rice. Pakistani people also like to have a mixture of both zarda and pulao in a single serving.

Chicken Karahi

When primed with mutton, the dish is known as gosht karahi. It is typically served with rice, roti, or naan.  Chicken karahi is a poultry food that is admired in Pakistan and North India. The word karahi in its name alludes to a stocky and deep cooking-pot similar to a saucepan in which the dish is primed. Apart from chicken, the dish is made with red chili powder, cumin, garam masala, ginger, allspice, cardamom, tomatoes, and garlic. 

Chapli Kebab

Its title is obtained from a Pashto word chaprikh, meaning flat or smooth, and even though chapli kebab is often said to have begin in Peshawar, today it is one of a favorite food all over the Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. 
Chapli kebabs are traditionally served with yogurt sauce, salads, and naan bread. 

A forte of Pashtun cuisine, this tangy meat flan is prepared with a blned of minced beef or mutton. The quirky taste of chapli kabab comes from condiments such as dried coriander and pomegranate seeds, green chillis, and mint.  


It is said that the well-liked, golden-brown snack voyaged to India along the old trade routes from Central Asia. These savory triangles are traditionally served hot and along with minced onions, yogurt, or fresh, homemade Indian relish made with a variation of ingredients such as mint, coriander or tamarind.   

Due to their crispy grain and a variety of different flavors, samosas provide an ideal inauguration to the world of Pakistani foods and cuisine for newcomers. These deep-fried, triangular pastries are filled with a variety of ingredients ranging from vegetables to meat, such as onions, lentils, spiced potatoes, peas, or ground meat. 

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