Popular Pakistani Vegetables and What They Can Do for Your Health


A typical Pakistani household sees a lot more veg on a daily basis than the average UK house. Pakistan have been blessed with more variety when it comes to vegetables, especially during the summers, and over time they have learnt how to cook them to perfection.

UK households in the 70’s and 80’s saw a boom in convenient dishes which made us lose a lot of our cooking skills along the way. But in recent years cooking has made a major comeback; we are cooking more than ever, and we are feeling the benefits.

Pakistani cuisine provides great inspiration for budding chefs to make delicious vegetable dishes and we believe it is important that more and more people get involved with great food.

Not only do they taste great, but they are also full of various health benefits:

  1. Tomatoes

We often take the tomato for granted in the UK. How many times are they simply chopped into quarters and thrown into a salad? These foods are actually packed with flavour that can be brought out through different cooking techniques. And they contain a carotenoid called lycopene which helps our skin shield itself from sunburn and other UV damage; perfect for our current summer heatwave.

  1. Zucchini

They are the slightly uglier cucumber you may have seen in the supermarket; but in actual fact these green and yellow veggies are a great source of dietary fibre and are very low in calories: oh, and they’re delicious. It is also great for pregnant women as they contain a huge amount of folic acid: a mandatory prenatal vitamin prescribed by the NHS in England.

  1. Aubergine

Known as the ‘King of Vegetables’ in India due to the sheer amount of health benefits they bring. You can even mix it into yoghurt to make a delicious sweet treat. Eggplants can reduce stress, control diabetes, enhance cardiovascular health, lower the symptoms of anaemia, prevent osteoporosis, strengthen bones, prevent colon cancer and even protect unborn babies from birth defects.

For some of the most delicious vegetarian Pakistani dishes, visit Royal Nawaab halal restaurant in Manchester today.