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Top 5 Foods to Eat While You Are in Pakistan

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Richness of Pakistani cuisine

Richness of Pakistani cuisine

Here is a list of top 5 foods you would surely regret missing being in Pakistan. These foods no doubt is a feast for your food loving tummy!

Mouth-watering biryani platter-seems yummy, doesn't it?

Mouth-watering biryani platter-seems yummy, doesn't it?

1. Biryani

The first item that comes to your mind when you think of South-Asian cuisine is none other than Biryani. Biryani-a perfect balance of spices infused rice and sumptuous meat, usually that of chicken, goat, lamb and prawn. It is a legacy of the Mughals who ruled the Subcontinent for 300 years.

Pre steamed rice are layered in a cooking vessel with meat korma and sprinkled with saffron. The whole assembly is then cooked on low flame until it is ready to be served.

Bone marrow Nihari is such a feast!

Bone marrow Nihari is such a feast!

2. Nihari:

Nihari is a classic, slow cooked, stew-based dish prepared with mutton or beef shanks. The tenderized meat spiced up with aromatic flavors and ladles of desi-ghee are a sure treat for your taste buds. Nihari is a title holder among the lists of foods worth waking up for.

Spice it up with finely garnished ginger, some chopped green chilies and fresh lime and the perfect meat platter is ready to satisfy your appetite.

Fancy some savory chicken this Eid?

Fancy some savory chicken this Eid?

3. Sajji

Traditionally, a local dish of Baluchistan province of Pakistan, Sajji is meat usually of goat or chicken grilled as a whole on a bed of flaming hot coals. The spices are kept minimal and the whole game depends on the juicy meat roasted on skewers.

The whole lamb or chicken mounted on skewers and the crackling ambers of the burning coal serve as a delightful sight for the food lovers. The delectable and tender meat served with traditional naans never fail to beat other barbecue foods available.

Looking for some traditional Lahori food? Here is your to go feast!

Looking for some traditional Lahori food? Here is your to go feast!

4. Saag with makai bread

Saag is a palatable dish made with “mustard-greens”. The sharp aroma of this famous Punjabi dish is savored with mint, coriander, and chili flakes, and usually includes liberal amounts of desi ghee.

Saag is generally served with makai bread (maize bread) especially in winters when the mustard blooms are filling the fields.

A glass of lassi always complements this mouth-watering feast. Sometimes the dish is made more flavorsome by the bold additions of “bitter” greens (kale, collards, turnip greens), and spinach or similar mild greens (chard, bok choy, beet greens).

The popular Pakistani street food-Bun Kabab

The popular Pakistani street food-Bun Kabab

5. Bun Kabab

If you are looking for a snack to munch on while wandering in the bustling bazars the cities, bun kabab is a perfect choice. Packed with small dense patties and a bonus topping of fried eggs, bun kababs will never fail to serve your roaring appetite.

The platter is served with sizzling green chutney and rings of red onions. After relishing the whole platter, it won’t come as a surprise to find yourself queuing up before a local stall for another one!

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