Not long ago some years back; there was a “food fight” between two great nations of Pakistan and India. The case was very serious to the extent that there was need for a cooking competition with both countries bringing their best chefs forward for the competition. Some people think that Pakistani food is borrowed from the northern parts of India. On the other hand, the Citizens and residents of Pakistan claim that they have their original cuisine. In this article, we look to find out whether the Pakistani food is similar to India’s or there is a difference between the two.
Why do people think Pakistani food is similar to Indian?
As aforementioned, Pakistani food is hugely misunderstood beyond its borders. While it is true that if you go abroad and ask for Pakistani food you will get a meal almost identical to the Indian food, it is not true that they are the same. The foods served in those restaurants are none authentic and are nothing near the real Pakistani food. In addition to that, most people in Pakistani are Punjabis. This makes many people to have the belief that Pakistani food is similar to Indian. The truth is, while some meals can have a certain element of similarity, Pakistani food is very different.
Geographic factors also play in a big role. Most of the western part of the country consists of Persians while the central part consists of Asians. With many people living in the Eastern parts, it brings up an idea that the people and the food there are similar. The truth is the western parts of Pakistan consist of pure natives and the foods there are authentic.
Some of the native foods that you can find in these native parts include Baluchistan and KPK. You cannot find these foods in the Indian cuisine.
About Pakistani cuisine
If you want to take care of your cultural extravaganza, Pakistani cuisine is one of the ways through which you can achieve that. Some of the main Pakistani dishes include:
This is one of the favorite dishes that Balochs love and is very popular in Pakistan. The meal contains meat, tender lamb or chicken. Depending on the chef, you might also get this meal in skewers marinated in green papaya paste. The chef can also bake this meal over coals or stuff it inside rise.
This is basically a meal consisting of cheese with the flavor of salt. Pastuns are responsible for the discovery of this amazing meal that continues to gain popularity globally. If you have not seen this sumptuous snack yet, it is yellow in color with a springy texture. Mostly, sheep milk is used in its making but Pakistani residents do not mind if you use camel milk.
People all over the globe have their unique way of making tea and Pakistan is not an exception. Noon chai is a type of green tea that has pistachios and salt for its flavoring. The tea appears to be pink in color and the hue is further imparted by the sodium carbonate that local residents add to it.
This is a meal made from minced meat is a source of delight for many Pashtoons. One clear characteristic of this delicacy is that it is spicy and mouth watering even by its sight alone. In Pakistan Mardan is the most famous source of this type of kebabs. Heading there is therefore a wise idea of getting a refill.
This is one of the most popular snacks in Pakistan. They obtain a biscuit like shape and structure and visitors can sometimes confuse the two. As its name suggests, this snack was named after general Bakar whose love for khani was the best. This snack is crusty and is a flat type of bread with excellent taste.
The story that Pakistani meals and Indian foods are similar is not true at all. In fact, some factors such as geographic and the mixture of the people from the two countries are responsible for strengthening this belief. Pakistan has its own native foods just as India has its own. Some of the native meals in Pakistan include Bakarkhani, Noon chai and Chapli kebab.