About Pakistan: Pakistani Food

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Pakistan is rich in its flavour and taste of food. Pakistani food basically consists of some main ingredients which are cheap and abundant. Wheat and other flour products are the backbone of the diet, one familiar form being CHAPATI, is considered among one of the basic and essential foods.  This is made with dough prepared from whole wheat flour. PARATHA in breakfast is also very common.

Rice is an important part of the daily diet of the Pakistanis. It is a staple food of Pakistan. Pakistan is a chief producer of rice and export rice to different countries of the world. There are different types of rice in Pakistan. Pakistani rice recipes are very popular. Some delicious Pakistani rice recipes  are Chicken Pulao, Chinese rice, Green Pulao, Masala Biryani, Afghani Biryani, Yellow Rice, Fish Biryani, Moti Biryani and vegetable Biryani. Biryani is one of the most delicious Pakistani Foods. A large number of Pakistanis like Biryani.  Mostly rice dishes are considered a compulsory and most important in gatherings, and serving to guests.

Pakistani food includes some drinks like Lassi, Sakanjbeen, tea (the widely used drink), green tea, milk shakes (blending fruits with milk ) etc. Basic Pakistani drink is LASSI. It is made from milk, from which curds and butterfat have been removed. Most Pakistanis take Lassi in their breakfast. But now with the large use of tea, its use reduced to some extent.

Vegetables and fruits are also among most important ingredients of Pakistani food. Vegetables and fruits are cheap food and affordable for most of the Pakistanis.  Usually seasonal vegetables and fruits are commonly used. But now in Pakistan fruits’ prices are rising very high. Pakistan exports mangoes and oranges to other countries. Pakistani fruits are so much liked by most of the people.

Some Pakistanis are very fond of eating meat and fish dishes. Now being very expensive it is unaffordable for most of the Pakistanis.  But only families with larger incomes eat more meat, eggs and fruits and the more prosperous cooking GHEE, which is clarified butter, instead of using vegetable oil. Pakistani cuisine is very popular for its richness and flavour.

Spices are essential part of Pakistani recipes to make Pakistani dishes more delicious. Mostly Pakistani foods are very spicy.  Pakistanis are fond of knowing new recipes. Pakistani television channels provide many programs related to cooking recipes.

Fasting is an important part of the Muslim observance of Ramadan. Pakistanis make special dishes for the time of breaking fast (iftar). Pakoras and Samosas are most common dishes in Ramadan.

Being an Islamic state important religious festivals (Shab-e-Barat, Eid-ul-Fitar and Eid-ul-Azha) involve a special type of pudding known as halwa or kheer and unleavened bread known as puri, which are used to distribute among the poor. The halwa and puri dishes are specially decorated with silver or gold leaves and also are sent to relatives and neighbours.