Pakistani Food Review by Natasha Khalid
Pakistanis, we have inherited a cuisine which is an amalgam of the diverse
races that are its inhabitants. Each one of these has managed to leave a
discernible mark on its food. Although the origin of our food is
derived from Afghan-Turkic-Irani roots,
The element that makes us stand tall and unique is the methodology of cooking
the same meat, chicken and vegetables in a different yet more skillful way.
The smell of fried onions, fresh garlic cloves, mustard seeds with cumin and
coriander leaves, describes the aroma of our kitchens. Considering the flavor loving nation
we are, let it be politics, Lollywood or food, we believe in spicing things up!
Not only that but Much as we love spiced up gossips our food defines us too and
in that case Biryani says it all! This is rice layered with chicken expertly
and comes out giving a savor in each rice seed. A flavor to die for, if one
loves spicy food.
Since Rice is also an essential component of our diet; hence one can make
Pulao, Biryani or just have it plain. The famous places for Biryani mostly
include “Students Biryani” and “Biryani of the Seas”. Not only that, “Hyderabad Mirchain” is an impeccable blend of green chilies in
a curry that one can top up over any kind of rice, to add a spicy kick!
comes “Nihari”, “Karhai ghost”, ”Sajji” and the ever famous “Paaye” all falling
in the similar savor. Even writing of these foods, brings water to mouth! One finds all these dishes together in the Buffet at Lal Qila, where the taste just gets better.
Being a Punjabi, my recommendation to all will be to at least try,”Sarsoon ka
Saag” and” Makai ki roti “with fresh butter and Palak Paneer,it is something
for which not everyone has a taste but for the ones who do, they rejoice
Being a Pakistani, meat is something we all enjoy eating, In that case, comes
the BBQ Tonight that serves the best Bihari Boti, Seekh kabab, Chicken Tikka
and Fry kebabs. In the midst of these mouth watering foods, Malai Boti is the
one which is not too spicy but has a nice creamy savor. The place that serves
it best is “Ghaffar Kebab House”.
When it comes to drinks, Lassi, a blend of yogurt, milk and sugar or without
sugar and salt instead for the ones who want it that way and Shikanjbeen,a
lemonade to die for. These two drinks are something thing that curbs thirst
instantly and leaves you with a chilled feeling inside. A perfect drink for
summers! Although there are many places that work solely for drinks, but my personal
favourites include: Olivetto for
Shikanjbeen and Café Koel for Lassi.
When one talks about our food, then Fresh Bread, in the from of naan, roti,
chapatti, Rhogni Roti, is a must with our gravy. One good thing about our cooking is
the lack of rigidity in recipe, one can play it up however they want to and
make something spectacular and equally scrumptious out of the same ingredients. For the Desi menu, my favorite
recommendations include ”Nihari Inn”
nobody does Nihari like them! Then comes The Food Center at Sadder, Al Haaj
Bundoo khan for Barbeque food and Haleem
from Haleem Center.
Posted by Natasha Khalid on June 01, 2012