National Dish of Pakistan
Nihari– Most of the hits indicate that
Naturally, every region in Pakistan would have a different local dish and the dish we may end up choosing as our national dish would not be that popular, either by way of preference or necessity, in a lot of regions. However, at the very least, it has to be a meat-based dish, right? Wrong. With a very low per capita income, it has to be an affordable meal.
So, what is the national dish of Pakistan? What is the one meal had in homes of the majority from Gilgit-Baltistan to the Makran coast?
At the very outset, it is important to lay down certain ground rules which are or rather should be necessary to determine what the national dish of a particular country is.
First and foremost, it is not simply the most common dish the country is known for. For example, sushi is what Japan is most known for. However, the most consumed meal there is either ramen or donburi and sushi is only reserved for somewhat special occasions. Secondly, it is not the dish the people of the country desire the most but rather actually end up eating the most. So, instead of a nice roast dinner, the bacon butty would top the list in the United Kingdom.
Thirdly, it is not just a matter of the dish being the most consumed in the country, it has to be a dish that is eaten regularly in most parts of the country.
Lastly, it has to be fairly significant. So, chai (tea) roti or any other form of bread with teawhich almost all of Pakistan has for breakfast is out.
Now that we have disregarded biryaniand nihari, let’s look at some other contenders.
Aloo gosht (meat and potato gravy)– How many times have you heard this?
What’s for dinner?
Why its aalu gosht. Again?
The fact is that mutton is expensive and as common as this food item is in the households of most of you reading this article, unfortunately, a majority of the public cannot afford such luxuries.
Chicken salan or masala (chicken gravy) – Nope, once again, too expensive and thus not as common a feature in a majority of Pakistani homes. All sorts of meat are sadly out then. As a country, we may have perfected cooking our meat but it is not something the common man can have that often.