13 mouth-watering 'desi foods' that'll make you want to take a bite

13 mouth-watering 'desi foods' that'll make you want to take a bite

Pakistan is one proud nation where every city has its own culinary specialty
Updated 22 Dec, 2015

Can you imagine driving past Boat Basin in Karachi without grabbing some lip-smacking chaat to go? Or walking through Lahore on a hot day without grabbing a lassi?

When it comes to desi food, Pakistan is one proud nation where every city has its own specialty.

Here's a round-up of the most flavorful 'desi food' in Pakistan, submitted to us on Instagram through our #DawnWeeklyProject:

1. Tempting cholas with crispy hot parathas and puri makes for an ideal Sunday breakfast:

2. Perfectly balanced karahi! Just grab a paratha and enjoy:

3. The most divine lassi ever:

4. Seekh kebab is another firm favourite! Exceptionally soft and succulent:

5. Not a healthy dessert if you're watching your diet, but how can you ever resist gulab jamun?

6. Samosa chat is spicy, tangy, sweet and a popular street food:

7. 'Pakora time' – Everyone's favourite snack in Ramazan:

8. Who doesn't love biryani? Its taste and aroma is unbeatable!

9. Yet another BBQ item, juicy chicken tikka boti will leave you craving for more:

Tika boti 😍😂 #desifood #DawnWeeklyProject #dawndotcom #yum! #tikkay #foodie

A photo posted by Ibrahim Shah (@ibshahs) on

10. The quintessential Pakistani zarda:

11. No evening table is complete without 'zeeray wale dahi bare':

Zeeray Vale Dahi Bare. #FoodAnyOneElse #FoodLove #Food #FoodIzBae #DesiFood #DawnWeeklyProject #DawnDotCome

A photo posted by افراح (@waaaytoojazbati) on

12. Who needs pizza when you have Peshawari naan?

13. And lastly, some desi goodness to get you through the winters:

In our newly introduced project, we give photographers on Instagram a chance to have their pictures featured not only on our Instagram account but also on our website. Want to participate in our #DawnWeeklyProject? Then follow @dawndotcom and stay tuned!


Neelum Razzaq Dec 22, 2015 01:31pm
Pakistani's food are best in it's taste and quality;
Hamid shafiq Dec 22, 2015 02:15pm
nice picture full of energy
Sajjad Dec 22, 2015 02:52pm
All above Delicious. I want to take all of them not only bite. All my favourites
Ahmad Dec 22, 2015 02:52pm
Really mouth watering. Amazing pictures.
Neutral Dec 22, 2015 03:11pm
I can't resist in saying that we love the same street foods in the northern India except a few like Peshwari naan.I wish to visit in Pakistan to have the flavour and the color.....
khuram Dec 22, 2015 03:14pm
Goga Nalaik Dec 22, 2015 03:23pm
OMG Succulent food and succulent pictures too :) What the hell am I doing in Paris. There is not one good Pakistani restaurant here in Paris
faryal Dec 22, 2015 03:40pm
Ali Dec 22, 2015 03:48pm
I have tasted both Indian and Pakistani versions of those foods which can also be found across the border. The Pakistani ones have a distinct taste of their own. Indians tend to over spice their dishes whereas the Pakistani ones are more on the greasy side but definitely they both taste different.
Ahmer Dec 22, 2015 04:26pm
No Pakistani food list is complete without the mention of Nihari, Haleem and Biryani. You missed two, says my French wife.
Mahmood Dec 22, 2015 04:49pm
With such authentic and tasty food, I am baffled by those who want to pay exorbitant prices for imitation and bland 'western inspired dishes' and greasy burgers!!!
Krishna Dec 22, 2015 04:50pm
Dawn, why do you publish such good pictures? Mouth-watering and these make me think of home. Friends, The food is exactly the same as we have India. After all, we were all one earlier. Same food, same DNA, same culture. What else do we need to be friendly?
Ramesh Nakhwa Dec 22, 2015 05:17pm
These are all Indian food items and have been very popular in India and have been popularised by Indians the world over.
Absano Dec 22, 2015 05:25pm
Samosa chaat is a travesty of innovation in food. It is an assault on a purist's senses. Someone has destroyed the essence of both items and produced a confused mash with no aligning characteristics. It brings both items down in value, a match made in trash can probably. Cease and desist from projecting it as a legitimate 'dish'!
Syed Husain Dec 22, 2015 05:32pm
Absolutely delicious but heart burn express for me!
ck mishra Dec 22, 2015 06:07pm
Not only pakistan.. Same is the liking of indians.. specially for north indians....YUMMY
Figaro Dec 22, 2015 06:07pm
@Krishna (in a ligher mood) Modi needs heart transplant to soften towards Pakistan. What yummy food! Lip smacking, mouth watering. Kashmiri tea in the end , during winters, would be like icing on the cake.
Mouiza Rehman Dec 22, 2015 06:22pm
Fantabulous ,exotic and mouth watering, i should leave my dietplan after seeing these yummy pics
Vivek Dec 22, 2015 08:39pm
Why we both countries fight. If we unite together then India will be a superpower like Russia & america. And yes more powerful than stupid, arrogant Chinese.
EA Dec 22, 2015 09:50pm
Beautiful n mouth watering food reminds me of home. Dawn has the habit of teasing its overseas readers from time to time. But pity at looking at these dishes is the presentation n photography of these lovely food could be improved and the containers a bit better looking.
Krishna Dec 22, 2015 11:23pm
@Goga Nalaik : Bro, just in case you like South Indian food, you may want to visit Sharavana Bahavan - assuming you have not visited already. I can vouch for the authentic Indian taste. It is all vegeterian though !
PakistanFirst Dec 22, 2015 11:46pm
For some reason I always find that Pakistani food is best cooked in house rather than at restaurants. I guess it is down to the fact that Pakistani food requires lots of patience and attention to detail which can not be done properly by restaurant.
HBK Dec 23, 2015 01:38am
@Vivek Lol why you Indians are always moaning the creation of Pakistan in every possible instance? Sometimes too much friendliness irks us. It's okay to be friends but please try to respect our identity instead of violating our space like an immature neighbour who bugs in other's affairs at any opportunity.
AB De Dec 23, 2015 03:16am
I am really looking forward to eating these delicacies. What about Pakistan promoting "Foodie's Tourism" targeting mainly neighboring country. This can create lots of local employment and as well create foodie constituency across the border. Road to neighbors heart could be through good food.
SRIPARNA SARKAR Dec 23, 2015 07:39am
Have you tried the famous "rosogolla" a.k.a. "rasgulla"-s?Even those who are dieting can take them. By the way, isn't there anything light? Like poha ?
Bakshi_kanth Dec 23, 2015 10:12am
How about discussing the hygiene practiced by the serving staff and the quality of the food? Focus on innovation. No new food was innovated on past 100 years. This is the fact.
dawn Dec 24, 2015 09:01am
Nice BUT no recipes?
Ayesha Dec 24, 2015 01:02pm
mouth watering photos