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10 Must Have KPK Foods You Need to Try Once in Life

Here is the list of some mouthwatering food items of KPK we all need to try!

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Khyber Pakhtun Khwah (KPK) is one of the famous province of Pakistan specially for food. It has always been attraction for tourists because of its extraordinary rich culture and fascinating places. The largest city of this province Peshawar is connected with Islamabad by Motorway M-1 and via national highway N-5.

The top quality food street of Peshawar is at Ghanta Ghar. It is one of the most famous place for family gatherings to enjoy tasty food and local tradition.

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There is a great variety of dishes can be enjoy at this place including karahi, fish fried, fries, burgers, lassi, shakes, and more. It is a beautiful place if someone want to eat the local food. Let’s have a look at the 10 Must Have KPK Foods You Need to Try Once in Life:

1: Namak Mandi Karahi

Namak Mandi Karahi is the most famous dish of KPK. This dish is actually found from a market in Peshawar where the shopkeepers sell it. Traditionally expert of this dish makers use a lot of fat for making this.

They specifically use lamb to cook this with butter. Including lamb fat, butter, green chilies, tomatoes, and salt are also major ingredients of this dish. No doubt it is a mouthwatering dish that is specially served with tandoori naan or afghani roti.

2: Ghunzakhe — Cookies

This traditional delicious sweet dish is made in Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Kohistan, Swat, Buner, Swabi, Mardan and Charasadda. It is deemed a specialty of Yousafzai tribe both in Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but it is also famous equal among other Pakhtun tribes too.

Now it is easily available in local sweet markets, the way of its cooking method,

Ingredients and mixture, has undergone a great change.

3: Kabuli Pulao

Kabuli Pulao is an origin dish of made in Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It consists of major things which include steamed rice mixed, raisins, carrots and Beef or lamb. Now it has different variation depending on the region but the most famous place from where you can enjoy its real taste is Khyber Pakhtun Khwah.

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It is an amazing blend of savory and sweet, the slight sweetness and crunchiness of fried carrots and raisins enhance an oomph to the mild saltiness of the rice and meat, while the a touch of almonds, pistachios and cashews bring a great richness to the flavor that is unique in taste sand texture.

4: Chapli Kabab

Another famous dish of this province is chapli kabab. It is a Mughlai-influenced Pashtun-style milled kebab, which is made from ground beef, mutton or chicken with various spices in the form of a patty. The origin of Chapli Kabab is Peshawri Kabab.

10 Must Have KPK Foods You Need to Try Once in Life

This dish is a popular barbecue and street food everywhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of Pakistan, as well as in eastern Afghanistan and India.

5: Dum Pukht

Dum pukht can be interpret as ‘dum’ meaning ‘breathe in’ and ‘pukht’ meaning ‘to cook’. Dum Pukht cooking technique is allied with the Northern Indian subcontinent. In this famous dish meat and vegetables are cooked over a low flame, generally in dough-sealed container with the help of few special spices.

But the other sources, however, it state that dum pukht appears to be based on a traditional Peshawar method of cooking dishes buried in sand.

6: Aushak

This dish is actually prepared with fine dough that is filled with Afghan leek, mint yogurt and minced meat of beef or you can also use lamb. Sauce of this dish is made with vegetable or olive oil including finely chopped onion, garlic cloves, salt, black pepper, paprika, coriander & tomato sauce.

7: Bolani

Bolani or Perakai, is a flat-bread and well known dish in northern areas of Pakistan. It is usually made for special occasions like birthday parties, engagement parties or holidays. It is baked or fried with a vegetable filling. People mostly present it with plain yogurt or mint yogurt.

8: Mantu

Mantu is another appetizing meat dish of KPK. It is just like a type of dumpling but its size and shape vary significantly depending on the geographical location. Lamb or Beaf meat is used in this dish.  Local people usually present this dish with a mixed vegetable sauce to eat.

9: Lamb with Spinach

9th famous dish of KPK is Lamb with Spinach. This dish is an amazing and delicious combination of meat and vegetable. It is very healthy and good nutrition value food.

10: Lamb Chops

Last but not least. This KPK most famous dish is also popular  in other parts of  other areas of Pakistan. In this meat marinated with ginger garlic paste, cinnamon powder, salt, black pepper, white vinegar, papaya paste and oil. Cooking experts either girl them, cook in a pan or also bake in the oven. It is no doubt a mouthwatering dish that is served with chili yogurt to enjoy.

The cuisine of the KPK people is covered under Afghan and Pakistani dishes. But now more dishes are going to be a part of this list. People in other provinces try to make it with their own taste.

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