A Foodie’s Guide To Pakistan Food and Drinks
Food and drinks you should try in Pakistan
Pakistan is a beautiful country that is emerging as a travel destination among travel enthusiasts. It is not only because of its breathtaking natural beauty and diversity but also because of the hospitable people, amazingly delicious food, and rich culture.
From desert to mountains, meadows to plains, Pakistan is geographically diverse, and so is its culture and food. If you are a person who enjoys nature as much as culture and food, let me tell you you should have Pakistan on your “list of places to visit.” It is truly an unforgettable experience!
Because of its history (pre-independence time), you can see similarities in the country’s culture and food with Indian cuisine. The use of spices is more or less the same, and some of the dishes are common. However, Pakistan still manages to give each dish its flare. So, if you are traveling to Pakistan, here is everything you will need to know beforehand about the food and drinks.
Must try food in Pakistan
From sophisticated dining to street food, Pakistani cuisine is rich in flavors. The use of ingredients, the cooking methods, and the choice of spices make the dishes so tasteful. If you are a spice lover, you will definitely enjoy the Pakistani dishes.
Street food in Pakistan
The markets in Pakistan are amazing! You can find so many unique products, and the culture is so rich in handicrafts. The use of colors and patterns is just amazing. And not to forget the truck art! It is breathtaking. What I love the most about these markets is that every market has its food street. So, when you feel tired from endless shopping and feel like eating something, you will have a million options. From fresh seasonal fruit juices to chana chat, the list goes on. Here are some of my favorite street food items:
- Dahi barrey: The true pronunciation is debatable. Some called this dish Dahi bhalley as well. It is a tasteful and refreshing dish, and I loved it after roaming for hours in the market. It is made from yogurt and gram flour fritters. Topped with onion, tomatoes, mint leaves, and special tamarind chutney, you get flavor and freshness.
- Channa chat: Made from chickpeas, this dish is another popular street food. The chickpeas are mixed with onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, and green chilies. For versions, add fruit and cream to make it sweet and creamy.
- Gol gappey (pani puri): Oh, I loved gol gappey! The only thing you need to know about this street food is it is messy to eat. Other than that, this simple dish is addicting. You can’t stop eating it! Its crispy light poppadum balls are filled with chickpeas, and onions, topped with chutney or tamarind water. It is spicy, tart, and refreshing.
- Masala fries: Simple French fries topped with chat masala is a Pakistani twist that you will enjoy!
- Yakhni pulao: Usually, the main course, yakhni pulao, is available at every corner of every market!
- Anda Shami burger: This burger is super tasteful! The long bun is filled with lentil patty, egg, mayonnaise, and ketchup and is very filling. You can get a chicken and lentil patty as well.
- Samosey/pakorey: Another popular street food is samosey. The triangular snack is served with mint chutney and often chaney. It is also very wholesome. Pakorey or gram flour fritters are also very filling, and you can eat them while exploring the market.
- Sweets: If you are craving something sweet, I recommend you opt for jalebi or kulfi.