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Pakistani Food Culture

Misbah is a Pakistani who enjoys sharing about her homeland's food, tradition, and culture.

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The Pakistani Food

How can someone say they do not like food? Every country has its own way of eating and cooking. And all cultures are different from each other. Today I will share with you some Pakistani dishes that you will enjoy very much. Pakistani food is highly appreciated in the world for its hot spices. Pakistani people love to eat spicy food.

Pakistani girls like to cook since their childhood. In Pakistan, there is a saying that "the way to a husband's heart is through his stomach." Therefore, almost every girl in Pakistan is a perfect cook, and this is not a joke.
There are many cultural Pakistani dishes, but here I will tell you about some dishes that you may not know much about.



Khadi Kabab Dumpukth-(Whole Baby Lamb Stuffed With Rice)

A fresh whole baby lamb is marinated with special spices and stuffed with rice and vegetables. Slow roasted for eight to nine hours in the oven, originally cooked under the ground on the fire. Serves approx 15-20 people

When the lamb is fully roasted and tender enough, it is cut open with a knife and the rice lava comes out. The smell and taste of this traditional Pakistani dish are delicious. One cannot restrain himself from eating this wonderful Pakistani dish.

The preparation of this meal takes a lot of time, but believe me, it is worth it.
Mainly this meal is served at wedding ceremonies or a banquet. The taste is unique. You can definitely call it a royal dish.

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Gol Gappe (A Perfect Snack)

Gol gappe is the most common street food in Pakistan. You will see stalls along the streets every little distance. Gol gappe is the most delicious snack you can ever eat. Gol gappe is basically a deep-fried hollow puri made of small round patties made of all-purpose flour and then deep fried.
Gol gappas are served with a mixture of spice-flavored water, chickpeas, mint sauce, tamarind sauce, and boiled potatoes. You have to fill the gol gappas with all these ingredients and eat them... The taste is tangy and the water is sour and spicy in taste. No one can take just one. The best snack you can ever eat. I bet on that!

Chole Bhature- (A Royal Brunch Dish)

A Pakistani Punjabi dish is usually served for breakfast on weekends. The dish is basically from the Punjab province. Chole is spicy and hot; chickpeas and bhature are fried flatbread made from all-purpose flour.

Kneading the dough for Bhature is different from the usual dough. Bhature dough is kneaded together with spices like cummin - red chili flakes, green chilies, onions, salt, urid lentils, yeast, and yogurt.

It takes a long time to prepare the dough for making fried flatbreads. Usually, it can take up to five hours for the dough to rise properly.

In the food streets, there are many small stalls serving chole bhature. It is the most delicious dish that can be served for lunch or breakfast. It can be served for brunch and is a very heavy and rich dish.



Mutton Kunna

Kunna is a Punjabi word meaning a clay pot. The dish originated in the Chiniot district of Punjab, Pakistan. Kunna is a mutton curry with a very high texture. The mutton in Kunna is very tender, as soft as snow. The bones are very easy to separate from the meat. It is a rich, textured stew cooked underground in a clay pot. And it also takes a very long time to be ready to eat.

Kunna is prepared with mutton legs and thighs that are cut into large pieces. Nowadays, as technology has changed our lifestyle, the dish can be easily prepared at home on the stove in a clay pot called "haandi". In my house, we use clay pots for cooking. My mother always said that a clay pot gives a great aroma and flavor to the food. The dish is served with hot naan. People in Pakistan like to eat it very much.



Gurde Kapure

In Pakistan, gurde kapure is a type of street food. It's a tasty and spicy curry made with minced meat, lamb, kidneys, and liver. In a rich tomato sauce with freshly roasted garam masala (Indian/Pakistani mixed spices). It's a quick and tasty meal. It just takes 20 minutes to prepare. It is often served at dinner. It has a spicy flavor and is served with naan or roti with mint chutney.

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Parda Biryani

Parda biryani is an unique biryani dish. Parda is an Urdu word that means "curtain" in English. The rice with spices and meat is covered in a wheat chapati until the curtain is cut with a knife.

The texture is extremely smooth and crisp from the exterior, which looks like a curtain. Behind the veil, everything is hidden. The rich flavor of dum parda biryani is quite wonderful, and when sliced down, it emits a beautiful scent. As the main meal, the dish is offered. This meal is typically cooked on weekends because it is family time. It may also be a nice treat for guests.

There are many more Pakistani dishes, but these are only a handful of the lesser-known ones. I hope you enjoyed the article.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 13, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Rosina khan

khadi kabab is a real different meal, there are many more, maybe sometime later I will write another article mentioning a few more.

khadi kabab is the famous dish of Quetta, Pakistan

You are always welcome, Pakistani people are very hospitable


Rosina S Khan on February 12, 2021:

I enjoyed reading about all the special delicious Pakistani dishes, Misbah. But like many, Khadi Kabab is my favorite. If I ever go to Pakistan, I would like try it in a restaurant or food shop. Waiting in anticipation of that day. LOL!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

Yes, Greg Cain, no doubts Khadi Kabab Dumpukth is very different and delicious.

The video shows how it is cooked in real. The preparation procedure will amaze you.

Stay Blessed

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on February 12, 2021:

Yummy! Yes, these all look scrumptious, and I'd particularly love to try the Khadi kabab Dumpukth. Looks and sounds so good! Nicely done!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

Thank you so much, MG Singh, yes, most of the foods are from Punjab, Pakistan but I think khadi kabab and mutton kunna are not very well known in India. As we were the part of sub-continent so the foods are more likely to be same but the flavoring is a little different.


MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

This is a wonderful article and I loved reading it. Come to think of it all these dishes are very popular in India also particularly in Punjab.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

Thank you so much, Pamela

I am glad you liked the Pakistani cuisine.

There are many more, maybe sometime later I will write another article mentioning a few more.

Pakistanis are food lovers


Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

YES Hx Super Tasty Khana (SUPER TASTY FOOD)

Thank you for appreciating


Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

Thank you for appreciating Jodah

Oh, my mistake no one can die from eating gol gappas... they are very tasty

Thank you for pointing out the mistake.

Khadi kabab is super delicious and healthy.

In the youtube video, you can see how khadi kabab is prepared.

It is marinated and cooked underground in its own fat.

Sending Blessings

Hx on February 12, 2021:

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Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 12, 2021:

What a grand feast! These dishes all look so good, Misbah. There is such a nice variety of these dishes that it is hard to choose a favorite.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 12, 2021:

All of these dishes look delicious, Misbah. I would choose the first Khadi Kabab maybe but it is a difficult choice. Tell me why children or the elderly can die from eating Gol Gappe?

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 12, 2021:

Hope you all will love the Pakistani Cuisine

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