Pakistani Recipes

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Kokub's Mango Chutney from Pakistan

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We live in Saudi Arabia in a close-knit community full of different cultures, and our neighbors from Pakistan have become like our extended family away from home. Kokub, one of our neighbors, makes the most amazing mango chutney. A few years ago she invited me to help her. Of course, she doesn't use a recipe, so the NEXT time I went over with my measuring cups and scale so I could recreate her magic on my own. What an incredible experience!

Chicken Biryani

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This is a delicious Pakistani/Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, or holidays such as Ramadan. It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is definitely worth it. For biryani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the ideal variety to use. Ghee is butter that has been slowly melted so that the milk solids and golden liquid have been separated and can be used in place of vegetable oil to yield a more authentic taste.

Spicy Pakistani Zucchini

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I am from Pakistan, and this recipe is from the Pakistani kitchen. This dish is traditionally served with chapati, but you can serve it with boiled rice too.

Rice Pudding (Kheer)

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This is a very famous Pakistani desert, which is cooked by mixing rice and milk. It is very nutritious and very rich tasting. Serve warm or cold.

Biriyani

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One of the most well-known Indian-Pakistani dishes made. A spicy chicken and rice dish.

Chicken Jalfrezi

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This is a Pakistani recipe that is a spicy curry. My Mama made this dish, and I like it very much. You must try it. This dish is best served with basmati rice, chapattis or naan bread.

Pakistani Spicy Chickpeas

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Chickpeas appetizer eaten often during Ramadan at Iftar.

Vegetable Biryani

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A very tasty and interesting biryani; the color looks appetizing and the taste is great! It's delicious served with mint chutney or simple, plain yogurt.

Pakistani Lentil Curry

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This cheap and very easy Pakistani meal is usually eaten with Basmati rice, tossed salad, and hot pickles. It is relatively quick to make, and tastes even better the second day.

Prawn Biryani

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This spicy rice dish cooked in mouth-watering prawn curry is extremely easy to make in a microwave oven. A 1200-watt microwave oven was used for this recipe. Garnish with fried onions.

Pakistani Chapli Kebab

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Chapli kebab is a form of kebabs widely popular in Pakistan. Mixed together with a South Asian blend of spices, the beef is flattened into circles and shallow-fried. The patty must have a charred exterior for an authentic look and flavor! Serve in a bun with pickled red onions or with a side of pita bread. Add my traditional raita (yogurt dip) to your beautiful platter!

Pakistani Ground Beef Curry

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This Pakistani beef curry has been a family favorite for years. It's super easy and everyone loves it. Serve over steamed white rice.

Inspiration and Ideas

Minced Beef with Black-Eyed Beans

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This is a Pakistani dish. When ever my mother makes this dish there is none left. She does not like to be heavy handed with spices, which makes her cooking light, yet aromatic. We usually eat this dish with warm pita, raita (yogurt laced with a dash each of salt, black pepper, cumin powder and chopped green chilies), and finely sliced onion laced with lemon juice.

Pakistani-Style Roast Chicken Thighs

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Juicy, savory, Pakistani-style chicken thighs that come out perfectly tender.

Gulab Jamun or Kala Jam (Waffle Balls)

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These are like little waffle balls that sit in and absorb a sugary rosewater syrup. It was first made on the Indian subcontinent, around South Asia. Gulab Juman originated from Luqmat Al-Qadi, an Arabic dessert. This dessert is popular at weddings, Diwali, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. There a several different types of jamun with different looks and taste. Serve hot or cold.