10 Must-Try Pakistani Dishes You Must Not Miss Out On

By Halal Trip | 11, Nov, 2016
10 Must-Try Pakistani Dishes You Must Not Miss Out On

There are a number of must-try Pakistani dishes that travelers simply must not miss out on. Tourism in Pakistan is well appreciated for guests are treated with immense importance. Food is a great conveyer to portray the locals’ hospitality. Pakistani Halal cuisine is inviting and serves truckloads of “must-try” Pakistani dishes. 


1. Rasmalai

rasmalai, a sweet milky dessert

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The No. 1 must-try Pakistani dish. Ras Malai is a delicacy of the Pakistani cuisine primarily made of milk cream flavored with cardamom, and cinnamon and garnished with freshly roasted pistachios. This unique Halal Pakistani dish is a dessert that satisfies all your senses.


2. Shawarma

Meat and other delicious ingredients wrapped in pita, this must-try Pakistani dish shows the influence of the Turkish cuisine in Pakistan. The serving has toppings tailor-made to your taste buds with a choice of tahini, hummus, pickled turnips, and amba of the Pakistani Halal cuisine.


3. Rabri 

Served both as sweet and savory this is definitely a must-try Pakistani dish for the ones who rightfully enjoy a delicacy for starters. Rabri, a unique dish of Pakistani food is a slow-cooked combination of yogurt, flour and spices left overnight for the yummy flavors to settle in. Find this dish at all Halal Pakistani restaurants.


4. Taftan

taftan, a traditional bread from pakistan

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A must try dish from the Pakistani cuisine; Taftan- a leavened naan made with milk, eggs and yoghurt baked in a traditional clay oven.This popular Pakistani street food is served alongside rustic curries with plentiful spices. For a foodie traveling to Pakistan, Taftan is the perfect Saturday dinner.


5. Pulao

A rice-based must-try Pakistani dish, cooked in a beautifully seasoned broth. Spices, veggies, and proteins added to the Pulao vary with the locality of the Pakistani Halal cuisine. The mouth-watering pulao is decorated with dried fruits and a homely service at all Halal Pakistani restaurants.


6. Seekh Kebab

Part of the traditional Pakistani diet, a must-try Pakistani dish is a seekh kebab. Enjoyed with naan bread this popular Pakistani street food is prepared with spiced minced meat and grilled on skewers. Seekh kebab is a famous Pakistani food coupled with flavored chutneys and mint sauce.


7. Chicken tikka-

Chicken Tikka Kebab

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Chicken chunks macerated in secret spices and yogurt, a must-try Pakistani dish of the popular Pakistani street food baked in the traditional Pakistani tandoor oven; famous Pakistani food – The chicken tikka, served in a spice mix with tomato and coriander sauce. Try it.


8. Sheer Khurma

Whether Eid festival or not, when in Pakistan sheer khurma is one of the must-try Pakistani dishes. Made with vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates with a beautiful garnish of dried fruits flavored with rose water this Halal Pakistani food is a luxurious dessert to experience.


9. Kashmiri chai

As simple as it sounds; this must-try Pakistani dish is actually a chai (tea). You would think, “What’s so special?” To find out, you’ve got to try this famous Pakistani food- the Kashmiri chai. For a curious foodie traveling to Pakistan, this beverage can be enjoyed at all Halal Pakistani restaurants.


10. Haleem

Haleem made of wheat, barley and other proteins

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Haleem, this must try Pakistani dish is made of wheat, barley, and a protein with lentils and spices to celebrate your buds. A unique dish of the Pakistani Halal cuisine available at any “Pakistani restaurant near me” so do not stress on a hungry day.

To discover the best Halal restaurants to try the above Halal Pakistani dishes near you, simply use HalalTrip's Food Spotter feature available on the HalalTrip Mobile App. Click on the below links to download the free App:


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