Pakistani people eat beef

Food and drink in Pakistan

Food is very important in Pakistani culture and stands for conviviality and hospitality. The range of delicious dishes and national dishes shows the various cultural influences and reflects the geographical features. Both the Muslim-influenced dishes of Central Asia and the partly spicy but always perfectly seasoned dishes found their way into the local culinary arts.

Altogether rather meat-heavy, the Pakistani cuisine also offers fresh bread, spicy curries and sweet desserts. In addition, the culinary homesickness in the better hotels in the big cities can also be satisfied. The large international fast food chains and Chinese restaurants are also represented.

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Meat dishes in Pakistan

In Pakistan, meat is very popular as an ingredient in food, even if many people from the poor can only afford it on special occasions. Mainly beef and chicken, but sheep and goat are also among the most popular types of meat. Pork, on the other hand, is not consumed because of religious customs, since the pork is considered an unclean animal in the Koran. In the south by the sea, seafood and fish are also offered.

Pakistani mutton
The range of preparation is very wide. Also known to us is the mutton on the spit, called kebab, or in chopped form Shish kebab. Small meatballs made from mutton are called Köfte in the Central Asian tradition. Many of these dishes go back to the cuisine of the Mughal times. Also the one so popular all over Central Asia Pilaf, that is rice with mutton, onions, carrots and other ingredients, can be found in Pakistani kitchens.

Pakistani Chicken
Skewered chicken can simply be seasoned or marinated in advance; it is called then tikka. A typical marinade likes to combine the various spices with yogurt, so that one is easily reminded of Indian dishes. If the chicken is cooked in the oven, it can be found on the menu as tandoori chicken.

Pakistani goulash
The Karahi dishes, named after the deep pan in which they are cooked, are fried in oil with tomatoes and onions and are deliciously seasoned. This is also where the curries are prepared, which are simmered like a stew with vegetables and spices to form a kind of goulash. In addition, you usually eat bread according to your own taste.

No meat wasted: offal pot
Not only the muscle meat goes into the pot, but also offal. A special dish in Sindh is kata-kat, consisting of finely chopped offal and lots of chilli.

Breads & Pastries in Pakistan

Given the selection of breads, you can feel the proximity to India. Flatbots from the pan, consisting of an unleavened batter and just plain water, are known as chapatti. Tandoori chapatti consists of the same ingredients, but is prepared in the oven, the so-called tandoor. Chapatti fried with oil are called Paranthas and are an absolute delight when served hot.

In Pakistan, people continue to eat puri, which are also fried in oil, but are smaller. In some cases, potato flour can be added to the flour - you can tell by the name of the with the word Aloo in advance. The one so popular in India, slightly thicker and more airy Naan, there is also in Pakistan. There the unleavened dough is baked in a stone oven. A legacy of the British is toast, which can be found mainly in the breakfast landscape of international hotels.

Flatbreads are an indispensable part of every meal, especially in rural areas, and not just because of the satiety effect. Since cutlery is used almost exclusively in cities, bread has this function. You place a little kebab or curry on a piece of bread and both are then together.

In addition to bread forms rice in Pakistan the second side dish.

Popular sweet dish in Pakistan

Sweets, which are often made with nuts and a lot of honey, are particularly popular with the Pakistani. For example, for Gulab Jamun Dough balls deep fried and soaked in syrup. Also there is Halva, similar to Turkish honey, which is very well known in Europe. Other desserts are made from milk, but cookies and cakes are also available.

Vegetarian in Pakistan

Pakistani cuisine is only partially designed for vegetarians. In Pakistan, people particularly like to eat legumes, especially lentils. These are cooked as dhal, the longer the tastier. There are also chickpeas, peas and broad beans in the pot.

Unlike in Germany, potatoes are not a staple food, but are viewed as vegetables. People also like to eat spinach, cabbage and cauliflower - mostly cooked in a curry. Even if the term curry is primarily used to refer to the Indian mixture of spices, in Pakistani (and throughout South and Southeast Asian) parlance, curry refers to a cooked dish with sauce. The seasoning is somewhat milder in Pakistan than in India.

Fresh salads are also available in Pakistan. Often dominate fresh onions and chilli Such salads - in view of possible gastrointestinal problems, however, one should exercise a certain degree of caution here.

When it comes to fruit, Pakistan probably offers everything your heart desires: mangoes, bananas, various types of melon, apricots, pomegranates and peaches are grown. Of course there are geographical differences. E.g. fruits that are less exotic for Europeans can be found, such as apples and plums. The same applies here: peeling before consumption helps prevent intestinal problems.

Drinks in Pakistan

As everywhere in Central Asia, black tea is the first drink of choice. With milk and sugar, the taste is adapted to your own taste. On the other hand, the Indian version of the chai can also be found, which is very tasty and strongly spiced. Further to the west, green tea is more likely to be found. In the north, salt can be added to tea instead of sugar - so watch out! Coffee is actually only available as an instant variant.

Bottled water and no ice cubes!
For Central Europeans, packaged water is particularly recommended, as it can best compensate for the daily loss of fluids, especially in the warm seasons. Caution should be exercised with ice cubes, as these are usually not made from bottled water and can therefore quickly lead to intestinal problems. It is best not to add ice.

The popular Lassi, for example with added mangoes or bananas, can also be found in Pakistan. For this, yogurt is diluted and mixed with the desired fruit, pureed. A lassi helps over the midday hours, especially in the hot season, and can replace a meal.

In Pakistan as a Muslim country, believers are of course not allowed to drink alcohol. Christians, on the other hand, can buy beer, wine or vodka in the few sales outlets with a special permit. As a tourist you will get a glass of beer or wine in the bars of the 5 ***** hotels.