Pakistan is rich in taste and diversity when it comes to food. There is a wide range of dishes to choose from if you’re looking for something to eat. From, Chinese, continental to Mediterranean and exotic, everything is available. However, there are some traditional Pakistani Recipes that are have cemented their spots and made their homes in the hearts of foodies of Pakistan. In this list, we have compiled a list of top five most popular Cooking recipes of Pakistan that cannot be replaced.


  1. Chicken Manchurian

chicken manchurianThe Chicken Manchurian recipe is a well-known dish that has become quite famous in a very diminutive period of time. This tangy, crimson colored recipe is not a traditional dish native to Pakistan and was prepared by a small Chinese community living in Calcutta, India. Since then it has been a significant part of restaurant menus all over the Indian subcontinent.  The tangy Chicken Manchurian recipe is served sizzling hot with chicken fried rice and egg and vegetable fried rice but it is also eaten with roti and naan.
  1. Russian salad

russian salad Russian Salad recipe is another internationally acclaimed food that has made its home not only in Pakistan but all over the Indian subcontinent. As the name suggests, this divine salad belongs to the snowy home of the mighty Red (Soviet) army, Russia, where it is also known as the Olivier Salad. This salad is known for its great taste and nutritious value as it incorporates a healthy dose of fruits like apples, raisins, grapes and dry fruits like walnuts and almonds. Another ingredient that gives this salad a tasty twist is its hefty topping of mayo and cream. This salad recipe has become a common street food in Pakistan and can be found at roadside eateries all over Pakistan.
  1. Mutton Kunna

mutton kunnaMutton Kunna recipe is a tasty traditional cooking recipe from the culture-rich province of Punjab, Pakistan. Mutton Kunna recipe is a meat loaded, thick, and spicy curry prepared in a special clay pot, known as the “kunna”. This fabulous delicacy is a significant part of the traditional Punjabi cuisine and is served with naan or roti and is a perfect dish to be served at auspicious occasions like Eid, family gatherings, and weddings.Checkout some other Special Pakistani Recipes in Urdu and English which are very famous in Pakistan.

4. Chicken Karahi

 chicken karahi Karahi is a deep, round cooking pot made traditionally out of cast iron. This cooking utensil looks very much like a wok and is responsible for preparation of many great Karahi recipes like Lahori Karahi, masala Karahi, and Mutton Karahi. The main idea of Karahi recipe is very similar to the “stir frying” technique of the Chinese which involves constant stirring of the cuisine which is being shallow fried in the Karahi over a naked flame. Karahi recipes are eaten all over Pakistan as the main course meal, with roti, naan, and raita.Here are some other Chicken Recipes in Urdu and English which are very famous in Pakistan:

5. Biryani

 biryaniTo be honest, this list would never be completed without the mention of an aromatic, colorful and divine tasting plateful of biryani. From a tasty Bombay biryani to the exotic Sindhi biryani with potatoes and prawns, there’s a huge list to choose from when it comes to the biryani culture of Pakistan. According to a theory, it is said that biryani recipe was first prepared in Persia and was brought to India by the royal cooks of the Mughal Empire. This aromatic rice dish is popular all over the Indian Subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula, Burma, Iran, and Indonesia and throughout the Middle East. It is served on many festive occasions like Eid, wedding ceremonies, parties and social gatherings. Biryani recipe is sometimes served with a zeera or mint raita.Here are some other Pulao & Biryani Recipes in Urdu and English which are very famous in Pakistan

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