Summers in Pakistan can be challenging and high temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius and high humidity (~80%) can become overwhelming. So, having some delicious and refreshing dishes to fight the heat can really make the difference between a good or a bad day. The following list contains 8 desi food recommendations for the hot Pakistani summer:
This is a dish made from rice and very common in Pakistan, India and Turkey. Is a very spicy meal that comes with many variations, each region adds their particular alterations to the recipe, also, in almost all cases the Biryani are made in a pot.
The Biryani is usually a vegetarian dish and its main ingredients usually are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, coriander and mint leaves, however, there are many variations with meat as the main ingredient. Many people cook Biryani using pre-made mix of spices that can be found at local supermarkets.
Falooda is a very refreshing and popular local ice-cream drink made from milk, vermicelli noodles, sabja, tutti frutti and sugar. It’s a very popular dish and used to beat the scorching heatIf you find yourself at the beach or in a hotel, then a Falooda can’t be far away. There are many variants, corresponding to different regions.
3. Nimbu Shikanji (lemonade)
This drink is the simplest and most reliable cooler drink for the summer. This is a refreshing lemon drink that works best when chilled. Its main ingredients are lemon, sugar and salt but different versions come with ginger, mint or other additions. Shikanji is not only cooling, but it will also leave a fresh feeling in your mouth.
4. Fruit chaat
This is a fruit dish very common in south Asia, and, this may be the recipe with most variations on this list. It is very possible that there may be thousands of different modifications for the fruit chaat recipe. For India and Pakistan, the fruit chaat is a spicy fruit salad with apples, oranges, bananas and guava if available. However, the most important part is the chaat masala, a spice mix that usually contains a blend of green mango powder, cumin, coriander, and ginger. Just a sprinkle is enough for this dish.
5. Sattu Drink
Sattu Sharbat is a Bihari drink which is loved across the subcontinent. The Sattu powder is made with roasted ground black chana, bay leaves and roasted jeera – all blended together. However, people in Punjab, have a different version of Sattu, wherein they add Jowar (white millet flour) and Jau ka aata(barley). Sattu can either be served sweet by mixing it with brown sugar and water or with jeera, hara dhaniya (coriander leaves).
This is one of the most popular dishes across Pakistan. This is a succulent chicken with a lot of juicy toppings. Usual sides are a variety of chutneys. This may take a while to prepare, and it is ideally prepared in an overnight marinated chicken.
7. Curried meatballs (Kofta)
The recipe for this dish is actually very simple and tender. The flavor comes from the garlic, ginger and curry. The side is usually potatoes or rice and it has a lot of relatability with outsiders because at the end it is similar to a thick hearty stew (always a popular dish). As always there are many variations for each region.
8. Mango mastani
This mango shake is an excellent cooler for the summer. It is a chilled thick milkshake of mango puree, milk, ice cream and nuts. As is common for desi foods, there are many different recipes for the mango mastani.