The Moghul Empire (from India) began its ruling in present-day Pakistan around 1526. Its style of cooking, called Mughlai , typically includes such ingredients as herbs and spices, almonds, and raisins. One can not ignore but notice the influence of Persia, Afghanistan and Rajasthan.
Mughal cooking remains an important part of Pakistani cuisine.
Mughlai food is known for its richness. It is famous for the exotic use of spices, dried fruit and nuts. The Mughals did everything in style and splendour. Since they ate very rich food they reduced the number of intake during the day. That is the reason why Mughlai recipes are rich in fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
Foods such as shahi tukra , a dessert made with sliced bread, milk, cream, sugar, and saffron.
Chicken tandoori are still enjoyed in the twenty-first century.
Chicken tandoori cooked in special clay ovens called tandoor.
Shahi Tukda - rich dessert made with bread, milk, cream, sugar, and saffron
Pakistan is divided into four provinces, each with different cultures and regional specialties.
Sindh - PunJab - Balochistan - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Its located in Western Pakistan and Karachi is the capital of sindh. Its the industrial province of the Pakistan.
Sindhi people eat lot of machli (fish) is a regular part of Sindhi food, but only fresh water or river fish
Kaak - Flat whole wheat bread with spices and herbs
Deep fried fish with spices
Punjab is in Eastern Pakistan and Lahore is the capital city of Punjab. “Punj” means five and “ab” means water. It has five rivers that’s why it called Punjab.
The Punjabi cuisine is known for its rich, buttery flavours along with the extensive vegetarian and meat dishes. Sarron da saag and makki di roti (mustard leaves and unleavened corn bread) is a popular vegetable dish.
Sarron da saag and makki di roti (mustard leaves and unleavened corn bread)
Very famous and buttery, sweet or savoury yoghurt based drink
Poori (deep fried bread), served with halwa (made with semolina and garnished with nuts, aloo choley (chickpea and potato curry) ,mango pickle along with fresh yogurt or lassi.
Balochistan is located in Western Pakistan and Quetta is the capital city. Its beautiful place for tourist.
Usually Baloch people have meals in morning and evening. Men and women eat separately.
Wheat, millet and rice are part of the Balochi meal. Milk, butter and vegetables are also part of Baloch cuisine. Meat is also an important part; Sajji is a popular dish in Balochistan province. It consists of whole lamb or chicken, in skewers (fat and meat intact). its eaten with hands.
It is served with a special bread "Kaak", "roti" or "naan", which is baked in an oven, wrapped around a stone "tandoor".
Chapli Kebab - famous dish ground beef juicy, tangy and rich in fat pate
Lamb Sajji is a Balochi specialty, where a whole lamb or chicken is roasted on coals
Kaak (bread) is made from flattened dough, which is heated until the shell hardens and becomes crispy
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is in Northwest province of the Pakistan. Peshawar is the capital of this province. People live in this province called Phastun.
Pashtun people is covered under Afghan cuisine and Pakistani cuisine, and is largely based on cereals like wheat, maize, barley and rice as well as a plethora of meat dishes that includes lamb, beef, chicken, and fresh fish. Eat a lot of lamb. Their cooking, however, is considered more bland than the other regions. Oven-baked bread eaten with cubes of meat, called nan-kebab, is there favorite dish.
Tandoori naan - bread baked in clay oven
Lamb Karahi - lamb cooked in wok
Pilaf – This sweet and savory rice dish cooked with lamb, raisins and carrots and garnished with orange peel strips and dry fruits nuts
Famous Pakistani Desserts
Sheer Khurma is a Mugalai traditional dish made during the festival of Eid / Ramadan make with milk, vermecilli and dry fruits
Suhan Halwa made by milk, ghee and dry fruits
Rabri is famous dessert in Pakistan made by whole milk