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Most Famous Food in Pakistan

The best sweet dishes in Pakistan are arguably the most enjoyable because they serve as a satisfying end to a meal. Desserts are unrivalled in Pakistan. There are numerous delectable sweet dishes to choose and enjoy. They will usually cool you down if you have eaten too much spicy food. To appeal to a wide range of tastes and textures, the most popular dishes incorporate a variety of flavours. All are sure to tantalise the taste buds. In this article we will look at the most famous food in Pakistan.


In Pakistan, halwa is a popular dessert. It is not only easy to make but also widely available. The best thing about halwa is that it is simple to prepare at home. All you need is semolina, sugar, and oil.

Suji ka halwa is the simplest halwa recipe and is commonly served for breakfast with puri and naan.

Gajjar (carrot) ka halwa is a dessert made with carrots, milk, dry fruits, sugar and Khoya. It is mostly made in the winter to serve guests.

No other halwa compares to Multani Sohan halwa. It is the most famous food in Pakistan and available throughout Pakistan. This popular halwa contains almonds, pistachios and cashews.


Another most famous food in Pakistan is Barfi. Without barfi, no moment of joy and happiness can be celebrated.

There are numerous recipes, but they are all distinguished by a hint of sweetness. One of the most widely available barfis is made from milk powder, almonds and pistachios, but it doesn’t stop there. There are chocolate, coconut and semolina varieties as well.

Barfi can be found in any bakery or sweet shop in Pakistan.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun is one of Pakistan’s most popular desserts. It is typically made from Khoya and formed into soft balls. These balls must be fried at a specific temperature for a specific amount of time to avoid becoming too hard or soft. For the perfect taste, the right softness is required. They are then dipped in sweet syrup for a short period of time. When its spongy texture melts in the mouth with rich sweetness, this dessert is simply irresistible. Some people prefer to eat it warm. The delicious taste remains the same in either case.

Ras Malai

Ras Malai is always popular, no matter what time of year it is. While desserts in Pakistan vary depending on the season, this dessert can be enjoyed all year. Although the ingredients are readily available, the cooking technique can make or break the dish. Make cheese curd balls, then make a sweet syrup with milk and sugar. For the topping, garnish with pistachios and almonds.

Because this is a sensitive, tender, and delicate dish, the cooking process requires a lot of attention.

Ras malai can be found in bakeries all over Pakistan. Many restaurants serve Ras Malai as their specialty.


Falooda is a drink, but it is also one of Pakistan’s most popular sweet dishes. Its recipes vary, but common ingredients include milk, vermicelli, ice cream and chia seeds.

Before chilling the milk, it should be boiled and simmered. Chia seeds should be soaked to soften. Boil the vermicelli, then drain and cool it. Combine them all to make a basic falooda, but other ingredients can be added for variety. Toppings are typically chopped nuts, with ice cream added for a cool effect.

Cake Rusk

Cake rusk is a staple in every Pakistani household and it pairs well with tea. It is a type of dry biscuit or bread that has been baked twice. The dough is different from regular rusk with extra sugar for added sweetness.

In Pakistan, tea is not complete without a complimentary snack but nothing beats cake rusk. It quickly transforms into a soft and sweet tea time snack.


Vermicelli does not have much flavour on its own, but milk seviyan becomes a creamy and delicious sweet dish. Seviyan is a simple dish to make at home. Cook vermicelli in milk with sugar until it thickens and garnish it with chopped almonds and other dried fruits. This dessert is typically served after dinners on special occasions. Vermicelli is one of Pakistan’s most popular sweet dishes. Addition of colours give it a unique twist.


Kheer is one of the most popular sweet dishes in Pakistan. Every grocery store sells ready-made kheer. It requires milk, rice and sugar, but the cooking time is lengthy due to the creamy flavour.

The rice must be cooked until soft. Boil milk. Simmer it and add cardamom seeds. After that, mix rice and sugar with the milk. It takes about two hours to cook. While cooking, keep the flame as low as possible, otherwise, the mixture will begin to stick to the bottom and may burn. Finish off the Kheer with pistachios and almonds. It is best served warm, but can also be served cold.


Zarda is simple to make. Its main ingredients are rice, sugar, cardamom and food colours.

It is typically garnished with slices of coconut, cashews, almonds, pistachios and raisins.

There are a number of zarda variations like adding different colours and its contrasting textures. It is a popular choice for weddings.


Jalebi originated in ancient Persia and is quite popular in Pakistan. White flour, cornflour, baking soda and ghee are its ingredients. The mixture is prepared 8-10 hours before frying. Dip it in sugar syrup afterwards. Heat the oil and squeeze the mixture into spirals. Jalebi is a delicious dish with a slight crunch and a sweet flavour.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan

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