5 Traditional Pakistani Dishes

August 21, 2020

A tradition is defined as something that exists as part of a long-established convention and it is often found in both religion and culture. In fact, many cuisines have a variety of dishes and recipes that have been passed down for generations that are traditionally eaten during special occasions. After all, there are many different ways to recognise a tradition when it comes to food. Read on as the Royal Nawaab team go over 5 traditional dishes found in Pakistani cuisine…


With ingredients like lentils, rice and meat, haleem is a popular Pakistani stew dish that is slow-cooked over a period of 7-8 hours. This creates a paste-like texture that is flavoured using a variety of spices like ginger, cayenne, turmeric and garam masala. Although the paste consistency may put off Westerners, haleem remains a traditional dish in Pakistani culture and is often enjoyed during Ramadan.


Although this dish originates from the Indian subcontinent, there are varieties of Biryani that are often made in Pakistan too. In fact, many Pakistani’s consider it the countries national dish! Biryani is a rice dish that is combined with meat like lamb, chicken, and fish, and flavoured using a range of different spices.  With this said, it can also be suitably vegetarian too.


As a blend of yogurt, water and spices, lassi is a traditional Pakistani drink that is known for its bright colours. In fact, some diners will even add fruit as an essential ingredient. Interestingly, lassi can be sweet or salty as many Pakistani’s will drink it sweet for breakfast but alter the flavour profile for a saltier approach at suppertime.


Raita is a popular condiment in Pakistani cuisine that is traditionally made from salted yogurt and grated cucumber. It is mixed together with spices like garam masala and ginger as well as herbs like coriander and mint. In most situations, raita is used as a side in order to cool down the heat of other traditional Pakistani dishes.


The heart of Pakistani food is somewhat influenced by Indian customs. After all, dhal is a lentil stew that contains a mixture of spices like ginger, garlic, coriander, paprika and cinnamon. In fact, lentils are the main ingredient of Dhal and different varieties of this legume can be used in order to alter the flavour profile of the final dish.

Here at Royal Nawaab, our team work around the clock in order to ensure that the dishes on our menu are as authentic as possible. After all, our diners know our brand for its traditional values and the way that our chefs utilise spice blends that have been a part of Indian and Pakistani culture for hundreds of years. To find out more information, get in contact with the best restaurant London has to offer and speak to a member of the Royal Nawaab team today!