Food is a major part of Pakistani culture. Pakistanis love food so much that there are food items which have become integral parts of several local traditions, with some traditions even being centered around food. A subtle indicator of this is the number of local eateries. The food business is one of the most competitive in our country. Our nation has thousands of foodies and many of them have a big sweet tooth. In this blog we highlight various desserts that are considered cultural favorites and how they historically became a part of our traditions, including a few classic favorites that never go out of style. Here’s a list of some of Pakistan’s most popular desserts:
Sheer Khurma is a local favorite in times of celebration. It is typically made to celebrate festive occasions. This decadent and creamy pudding includes nuts, milk and vermicelli.
Though this rich dessert originated as a part of Persian cuisine, it eventually gained immense popularity in the subcontinent. Now, sheer khurma is a staple Pakistani dessert at Eid celebrations. For many, the association between Eid and sheer khurma is almost immediate. The dessert was originally made with just milk and dates, but was eventually modified to include various other options for add-ins.
You can now make this delicious dessert at home, no occasion needed, in a few simple steps with the help of Mehran’s sheer khurma mix, the quickest and most convenient way to enjoy your favorite desserts.
Chicken tikka pizzas are a tried and tested hit with many foodies. Not only are they delicious to have but also really easy to make. Follow the recipe below to make yours at home:
Kheer is a sweet rice pudding that originates in the subcontinent. One of the best things about this dessert is that there are various types. Depending on your preference you can make almond, pistachio, saffron and various other flavors of kheer.
Many believe that kheer is a dessert that originated in Gujrat, where it is associated with religious ceremonies. Indians, especially, have various historical tales that involve kheer.
The dessert’s popularity eventually made its way over the border to Pakistan and now it is a dish often recreated in many Pakistani households.
The Chinese even have their own version of kheer which involves fruits soaked in honey being mixed with rice. They refer to the dish as “jewel rice pudding”
Mehran’s dessert mixes include a range of kheer recipes. You can have your pick of almond, pistachio or even plain and garnish it as you please. With Mehran you can recreate this traditional dessert any way you like.
Gulab jamuns are one of the most popular desserts in the region. The sweet milk based fritters have an interesting history. Many believe they originated in medieval Iran. However, according to some folk tales the dessert was invented by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s chef by accident when he was trying to making a different Persian dessert, and instead ended up making the beloved dessert we now know as the “gulab jamun”.
The dessert is seen at several Pakistani occasions, however, it is one people enjoy often, as and when the mood strikes.