You’ll Love These Recipes From Pakistan

Chicken jalfrezi.
Chicken jalfrezi. Image by Stocksolutions/Depositphotos

If you’re a fan of Indian food with all of its sauces, spices, and stews, then you’ll love Pakistani food, which is highly influenced by cuisines from the Indian subcontinent as well as central and western Asia and the Mughal empire. It’s a great way to try out new cooking techniques and flavors. Here are just three recipes we recommend if you’re going to give it a shot.


Widely enjoyed all over Pakistan, nihari is a spicy stew made of slow-cooked meat and flavored with lemon, pepper, and green chili. It’s usually cooked for hours the day before it’s served, making it a dish that requires patience. This nihari recipe from Recipe 52 is a great option for beginners.


A popular Pakistani curry dish consisting of meat, fish, paneer, or vegetables stir-fried in a thick sauce spiced with green chili peppers, jalfrezi is best served with a tall glass of water to quench your thirst. This recipe from Flour and Spice shows you how to make an easy, chicken version.


A Pakistani dessert, kheer is a slow-cooked rice pudding infused with cardamom. It’s a bit of a labor of love, but it’s so creamy and delicious that you’ll find it’s worth it anyway. Try out this kheer recipe from Rookie With a Cookie for a taste of this irresistible dessert.