I'm really excited! Now, Recipe52 is a Pakistani Food blog and for a long time, I wanted to collect all the best Pakistani Food Recipes and dishes in a single blog post. What's more, I wanted to show how amazingly my fellow Pakistani bloggers' community is working typing down and shooting authentic Food recipe pictorials and videos.
While I was keen to note down all famous Pakistani recipes in this post. I also made sure that relatively less popular but unique Pakistani dishes are not missed. What more? Pakistani food Fusion recipes that are delightful to Pakistani and desi taste buds are also included.
For this post, I contacted almost 30 Best Pakistani WordPress Food bloggers and you will also find my own also here and there. Which means this will be a huge and grand collection. And so I'm dividing the post into a section and also adding a table of content to make the navigation quick and easy. If you find this collection useful, don't forget to mention this on your blog and share it with your friends. Do leave a comment, I always love to hear from you.
Pakistani Food Culture
Pakistanis are a foodie community. In every event from anniversaries to ceremonies, public meetings, public voting, religious gathering or niyaz culture, food, and snacks hold major attraction and driving force.
Pakistani cuisine is based on a bread diet basically, a typical Muslim or central Asia diet where bread is used to scoop the curry. And trust me, we have a huge variety of bread to with different types of curries. Naan, kulcha, paratha, roti, chapati, shermal, tandoori roti, taftan, double roti, pao are few to name.
Sindh and Punjabi's diet is generally spicier than other regions like Gilgit and Kashmiri diet. Pakistan foodies are also meat lovers and the Pakistani diet id pre-dominantly a meat diet. However economical restrictions make daal and sabzi more common food enjoyed by all strata of society. So while a variety of Karahi is cherished food all over Pakistan, it is still an expensive food, making daal is more commonly and widely eaten all over the country and a better nominee for Pakistani National food.
Pakistani Food Dishes List with Picture
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Pakistani Chicken Recipes
Ready for a smokey succulent authentic Pakistani chicken tikka? It tastes just like a restaurant and as if just coming off the barbecue pit. This is one of the most tested recipes on the blog. The tandoori chicken is often referred to as Chicken Tikka Thigh or Breast in Pakistan.
Pizza naturally induces happiness, and this homemade Tandoori Chicken Pizza is next-level blissful. There aren’t many joys that can match up to taking a sizzling, bubbly pizza out of a blazing hot oven. I’ve taken this particular pizza out of my oven on many occasions, mostly for guests, because such pleasures must be shared.
This steam-roasted chicken has always been considered a quintessential item on the wedding menus in the central and lower Punjab areas of Pakistan. The very spicy yet super delicious roast is generally made in a big cooking vessel called Degh but this recipe makes it easy to make at home.
Khousay is originally a Burmese and Thai dish called “Khao Suey,” Memon’s modified it and adapted to make their own version. It is a very pungent and aromatic dish with a depth of flavor and is probably the most popular dish in any Memon home. Cooked noodles in a flavorful coconut curry with a meat gravy topped with herbs and toppings is the delectable dish we Memon’s call Khousay.
This one is amongst Punjabi chicken curry recipes. You just can’t go wrong with this. The chicken is cooked in spicy tomato gravy with subtle flavors. The unique style of cooking curry in a wok (AKA Karahi) will take your heart. This will be surely taking a permanent place in your everyday chicken recipes.
For chicken kofta curry yogurt, coconut, and cream; all are blended together with roasted cumin and coriander to make this yummy kofta (AKA meatballs) curry. The koftas are soft, full of flavor, and melt in the mouth. You can devour meatballs one after another, it tastes so yummy!
What makes this bread lasagne absolutely yummy is the variety of sauces. The ketchup-mayo sauce on soaked bread makes a soft base for the pie. Then almost any leftover chicken pairs well with the dish. Finally, the creamy cheesy veggie sauce. What digs your spoon in the dish you feel going through so many layers and each with a distinct taste. Overall, tasting so much in one bite is so delightful.
This is an easy but loud chicken recipe that calls for tikka masala, ketchup, and mayonnaise or cream. It is served with sautéed vegetables. A unique and delicious chicken that can be eaten with rice or roti and even alone without any carbs. Lastly, if you don’t have whole chicken you can make it with a chicken cut in pieces, chicken quarters, or boneless chicken too.
This is a dhaba style (street-style) quick chicken in yogurt-based curry. It is spiced with freshly grounded cumin, coriander, and pepper. A quick and simple chicken gravy recipe with delectable flavors and aroma. This is the white and dairy-based version of traditional karahi.
Want more chicken recipes? Check my 30 plus Pakistani Chicken Recipes collection here.
Pakistani Beef and Lamb Recipes
This is an easy version of Chinioti mutton kunna recipe. You’ll need mutton leg cut into pieces for this recipe. The mutton shanks also taste so yummy as the fat juices released by the bone in the curry make it a delicious stew. The aroma of black cumin is key to the taste. This is a very easy mutton recipe.
Want more mutton recipes? Check my Mutton recipes Collection.
Pakistani Ground Meat (keema) Recipes
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Hanifia Hunter Beef Burgers. Four words that get me drooling. If you are from Karachi then you know the magic. The magic of their dry cured hunter beef, so good in the hunks that you buy. Even more special when they fry it up and pile on their special sauce.
This is Pakistan classic mincemeat recipe. This just can’t disappoint anyone. The spice, gravy and herbs are quite balanced in this recipe. Try it, this will become your go-to mince recipe. In fact, this bhunna keema tastes great in/on everything. Whether it keema be a keema sandwich, keema lasagna, Keema pasta or keema with rice and chapati.
These will be the best kabab you ever had. Chapli kabab is an Peshawari dish. It is made with thickly grounded spices and pomegranate seeds. The juicy tomato added in the end is an absolute delight to the palate. The kabab ae so easy to make and can make a juicy and spicy burger patty.
This oven-baked crispy Keema naan bread is stuffed with spicy and tangy kabab-like ground meat. They are also called keema walay naan. And what more they melt in the mouth soft from inside and crispy from outside. This Keema naan recipe has many variations and I shared both oven and on tawa cooking method.
Pakistani Lentil Recipes
This Dal Chicken recipe is an absolutely delicious, finger-licking good curry that you’ll love to cook over and over again! Dal Chicken to me is the perfect balance between getting a healthy dose of fibre-filled, nutritious lentils in, as well as satisfying that desire (need) for a cheeky bit of chicken.
This is one of the most delicious and easy bitter melon recipe Pakistani style, you’ll find on web. Bitter melon or bitter gourd is a notorious vegetable in proverbs and sayings for its bitter flavor like ‘karwa karela’, ‘karela si batein’ but the bitterness has sweet effects on health. The trick is to cut its bitterness to an enjoyable level.
Get ready to get the easiest, tastiest Pakistani aloo baingan recipe. It gives the aroma and flavors of achari baingan without much effort. The recipe is quick, just add everything to the pot and let it slow cook for 30 minutes. And, you are ready to drool over the tastiest Aloo Baingan ever.
Pakistani Rice Recipes
Mandi is a rice and meat dish originating from Yemen. The meat (chicken, lamb, goat, or camel) used for Mandi is marinated in a special fragrant spice blend called Hawaij. Mandi is quite popular in Middle Eastern countries and is served as the main dish at special events like Eid, weddings, and other celebrations. What differentiates Mandi from other Arabic meat dishes is the cooking technique. Mandi is cooked in a special kind of underground clay oven.
Imagine you are craving a decadent chocolate biscuit pudding and you want to enjoy it immediately. But you are willing to put zero effort into it. This chocolate biscuit pudding in a bowl is exactly what will satisfy your cravings instantly; in the middle of the night, quietly without anyone knowing about it! Shhh…