Have you ever eaten any Pakistani foods?

Personally, I was sold on this regional cuisine while sampling some truly tasty foods at an Indian-Pakistani-Nepali restaurant while on a Twin Cities food tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Do you love Indian and Pakistani food? Well, if you enjoy the flavors of Indian cuisine, I’m sure you will likely notice similarities between the two South Asian countries’ most well-known dishes.

And, if you have never tasted Pakistani food or a similar cuisine from Southern Asia, you’re about to get a crash course in what to expect!

Guest blogger Noor Najam, a Pakistani university student who loves to explore different flavors and cuisines, shares four Pakistani dishes you absolutely have to try. So, let’s dive right in (and try not to drool on our keyboards) with …

Four Pakistani Foods You Must Taste

The culture of Pakistan is a blend of many cultures, and so is its food. Pakistani food has its own distinct taste and unique recipes. The dishes are rich in spices and herbs, and a bite of them can cause fireworks in your mouth.

If you are dining at a Pakistani restaurant or visiting Pakistan, you must keep this list of must-have Pakistani dishes with you and try them out.

1. Super Spicy Biryani

Biryani, a spicy rice dish popular in Pakistan

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Whether you are a rice lover or not, I can guarantee that you can get addicted to the taste of Biryani. It is a famous dish in South Asia — and a permanent part of Pakistani culture. A Pakistani wedding feast with Biryani is inevitable. Consisting of spicy rice with meat and slices of potatoes, Biryani is usually served with flavored yogurt and salad.

2. Falooda: The Wholesome Dessert

Now, this one is a sweet dish and a very wholesome dessert. It has all the yummiest ingredients layered in one glass. The bottom of the glass contains boiled spaghetti. A scoop of ice cream is placed on top of it. Then, a layer of fruit and nuts is added with some jelly. The dessert is no less than a complete meal, and it is eaten as a snack rather than an after-meal dessert. It is heavenly, delicious, and a must-try for all those with a sweet tooth out there!

3. Healthy Haleem

Haleem, a Pakistani dish with shredded chicken typically made for special occasions

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Haleem is a healthy dish with shredded chicken and herbs. It is full of protein. The consistency is similar to that of porridge and can be eaten with a spoon. Yet the taste is so savory and addictive that you cannot say “no” to it. However, it is only cooked for special events as it requires a lengthy process. The dish is served with fried onions, sliced lemon, ginger, and coriander leaves.

Hot Bowl of Nihari

Nihari is another traditional dish of Pakistan that is extremely satiating and leaves you full for hours. People in Pakistan prefer eating this dish for breakfast so that they stay up and running all day. The dish has a thick gravy with pieces of meat in it. The gravy is made of flour, milk, and different herbs and spices, which make it very filling and savory. The dish is served with sliced ginger and lemon and coriander leaves. It is eaten with hot naan and served when it is sizzling hot.


Noor Najam is a 22-year-old student who loves to explore culinary delights and tastes of different regions. She likes to stay fit and make healthy food choices. Noor thinks she should have studied for a culinary-related bachelor’s degree instead of her current bachelor’s in social sciences. She regularly posts on https://pateeri.com/.

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Whether or not you’ve eaten South Asian cuisine, guest blogger Noor Najam has you covered! She recommended four flavorful and authentic Pakistani dishes. I’d love to try falooda for dessert! How about you?

While you could travel to Pakistan to eat spicy Biryani, you may even find it closer to home. I’ve certainly seen the dish listed on the menu of Indian restaurants in the US. If you like to cook, you could even try making Pakistani food at home using one of the cookbooks I’ve linked below.

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