Food is where the world ends to a good majority, and when delectable-Pakistani-cuisine is in question, it just adds another layer of spice to the cravings. It would not be fair to claim that Pakistani foods are just famous in their own localities – our mouthwatering-sprinkled spices spread their aroma all across the world. As soon as the red-green-chilli-spices hit your taste buds, all the blocked sinuses are completely refreshed. They aren’t just a normal cuisine – they are a reflection of the country’s multi-cultural and regional diversity.
Famous Pakistani Foods
In this article, we present you with the famous Pakistani foods that are prominent amongst the foreigners.
I once invited a consultant from the U.S for a dinner at our house. Upon asking him about his preference for the dinner tonight – to our surprise, his prompt reply was “Chicken Teeeka (Tikka) and Paraata (Paratha)”. Chicken Tikka still holds the honour of being a go-to dish of the foreigners. Those juicy-hot-and-spicy tikkas and botis just make them forget everything happening around them.
There’s something really different about biryani due to which it enjoys substantial popularity amongst the foreigners. A dish that has near a dozen variants, but every single one of them has a unique taste in itself. Generally, the rice and the chicken/meat are cooked separately and eventually combined at the final stage, giving a flavour that is very rich in spices and taste. You would find a lot of foreigners having a special craving for Biryani – and why shouldn’t they? it’s our forte!
Our Sunday breakfast is incomplete without those juice Pooris hitting our taste buds. It is not only famous in Pakistan but also stands out as one of the most visited breakfasts by the foreigners too. I remember a friend-cum-consultant from Canada saying “It’s so oily, but it’s surprisingly tasty”. Halwa poori with a combination of Chaney is not less than a killer combination to activate the delicious-desires.
Chicken / Mutton Karahi
Karhai is a dish that is cooked in nearly a dozen unique formats. The dish is massively popular amongst the foreigners due to its variety of spices and richness in taste. Despite the dish being too intense in spice level many times, it is still enjoyed to the fullest. Every bite of Karhai served with piping-hot-Garlic-tandoori-naan makes this dish stand out of this world.
Being rated as one of the most liked Pakistani food, Nihari holds in a unique popularity in itself in the foreign land. Considered as a National dish of Pakistan, the aroma hit corners all around the world. To our surprise, another reason for the notoriety of Nihari is some of the health benefits attached to it. The comprehensive variety of spices including black and white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, turmeric, cardamom, and many others, that are used to cook the beef in, engulfs a host of health benefits.
There are no words to describe the flavorsome-juicy-spicy Chappal Kebabs. In the words of our friends belonging to the US – It’s just finger licking good! Chappal Kebabs have a good popularity for being a luscious dish. Having foreigners living with us abroad, Chappal Kebab has become their all time favourite starter.
“You fixed the bread for me” – claimed one of my foreigner friends when presented with the paratha the very first time. They just love the way paratha is prepared and how heavenly and delightful the taste is.
The notoriety of Pakistani beverages amongst the foreigners speak for itself. During the recent Ramadhan, when the table was full of beverages including tea, soft drinks, lemonades, Lassi and jam-e-shireen, our foreigner friends just stuck to jam-e-shireen and lassi, claiming that these drinks taste far better than the other ones. These beverages have their own thirst-quenching-lusty effect that keeps them occupied.
Amongst the famous tempting and heavenly desserts, Ras Malai and almond-pistachio Qulfi have no match whatsoever. It is one of the most intriguing dishes amongst the foreigners who make sure to visit them very frequently.
Thou not a full-fledged dish, but the meal is incomplete without Paan ending the feast. At first, the foreigners hesitate trying it and bombard you with a dozen of question about the what actually it is. But once that delicious juicy pan hits their tongue, it’s the magic inside that plays its part – it’s always pleasing to the tongue.
Pakistani cuisines are incomparable when it comes to scrumptious-appetizing-mouthwatering-heavenly foods. To second the conclusion, the inclination of the foreigners towards Pakistani foods is a perfect illustration. The aforementioned Pakistani foods are considered as the top-rated meals in the view of foreigners. It comes as no surprise to us, as its a mixture of the lot of elements that produce some of the finest cuisines it has to offer.