Lahori food is popular all over the world. The city of Lahore is full of diverse types of dishes that can hardly be witnessed anywhere in the world. We all know that Lahore had remained the governing place of Mughal Emperors, Turks and other Muslim rulers. Today the Food of Lahore represents the past. Lahori Food is an incredible combination of different cultures. Lahoris like to live with the food that has borrowed from their ancestors and yes, they are born foodies. This is the reason; Lahori Food is something no one can ignore.
The city of Lahore is a versatile city and famous city of Pakistan. Its famous for its unique architecture also called the “City of Red Bricks”, famous for its foodie inhabitants, shrines and yes most importantly its food, which definitely jolt taste buds.
Here are some of the best Lahori Food dishes you must try on your next visit to Lahore.
1. LAHORI CHANNAY
This dish is cooked with chicken, which we call Murgh Channay or Mutton, called Ghost Channay. This delicious dish is cooked with some of the best spices, like black pepper, which is the most basic and key spice o this recipe. Whenever you visit this beautiful city, try this out and for the best Lahori Channa, you must visit, Ghousia Mutton Chaney at Lohari Gate, Saleem Mutton Chaney, Timber Market, Truck Adda, Ravi Road, or Mutton Chaney on Hall Road. These are the best places to visit.
2. LAHORI PAAYE
Whoever visits Lahore, the first thing to eat is Payaas. You might have eaten somewhere around in your own city but trust me Lahori Payaas is a dish you might have never eaten in your entire life. This dish is cooked for several hours and served with garam garam Nan. On your next visit, do not miss this delicious food and must try. So, the question is where should you go to taste this recipe. Tooba Restaurant, Taj Mahal , Capri Restaurant. These are famous places to visit for this famous dish.
3. LAHORI BESAN AND FRIED RAHU FISH
This Lahori dish is dipped in a paste comprised of gram flour and numerous additional spices, then fried in oil. The fish has a great flavour and is paired with Aloo Bukhara chutney.
4. HAREESA LAHORI
Harissa is a Kashmiri cuisine, not a typical Lahori dish that is only served during the winter months. The dish is a Kashmiri meat and grain flour dish with desi ghee (butter). On Lakshmi Chowk in Lahore, you’ll discover the greatest Hareesa, which tastes like bliss.
5. KATA KAT
The savoury mixture of organs is fried on a pan in butter and contains multiple organs of a goat or a lamb kidney, testicles, brain, and kidney the savoury mixture of organs is Taka Tak which is the most difficult to digest of the Lahori cuisines, though there are also various veggies.
6. SAMOSAY CHOLAY LAHORI
Every one of us has eaten samosas at some point in our life, however in Lahore, they eat samosas alongside other Lahori cuisines. Samosas are served with red chilli sauce and cooked Cholay (chickpeas) in Lahore, as well as a variety of additional spices.
7. LAHORI QEEMA NAAN
One of the most famous snacks in Lahore is minced meat cooked in Naan (bread) with sesame seeds on topping and a sauce of various ingredients. The Qeemae Walay Naan can be found on Chauburji, Lahore’s food strip.
8. KHOYA TIKKA LAHORI
The juicy bites of meat, chicken, or beef that is barbecued and marinated in a khoya (dairy product) sauce are something you’ll only find in Lahore. This Lahori dish is served with Naan and will shoot your mouth with its flavour.
9. DUMBA KARAHI LAHORI
Lahore’s famed Dumba (Lamb) Karahi is luscious enough to make your mouth swim. It’s created with fresh lamb meat that’s been fried in butter and served with Naan or Chapati.
10. DESI MURGH KARAHI LAHORI
Desi Murgh (Chicken) Karahi, like Dumba Karahi, is made using fresh Desi chicken that is slaughtered right in front of your eyes and cooked in desi Ghee (Butter). Aside from that, the chicken Karahi will be presented with yoghurt and a salad plate.
11. GOL GAPPAY LAHORI
Lahore’s crunchy Gol Gappas are packed with fresh yoghurt and Channas (chickpeas) together with strong masalas and served in a sour and sweet water-like sauce, making it one of the city’s most delectable dishes.
12. TAWWA CHICKEN FROM LAHORE
Tawwa chicken is a tasty spiced chicken that is cooked in a pan. In Lahore, it is a well-known dish. With onions, tomatoes, green chillies, and ginger juice, the chicken is cooked in hot oil. Classic Lahori cuisine is spicy Tawwa Chicken.
13. LAHORI CHARGHA
Chargha is a popular chicken dish that originated in Lahore. The dish is known as Lahori Chargha throughout the country. The Lahori Chargha is made by deep-frying an entire chicken that has been marinated in a variety of seasonings. Before frying, flavourings are added to the entire piece of chicken, which is then refrigerated in the refrigerator overnight. Lahori Chargha has a distinctive and appetizing flavour.
14. LAHORI DAHI BALLAY
The Lahori Dahi Bhallay is well-known all across the world. It’s a combination of spices, potatoes, Bhallay, and lentils. Crispy Dahi Bhallay with Paapri, Luscious Chutney (Sauce), and Chaat Masala from Lahore will lift your spirits and brighten your day.
P.S. If you’re experiencing stomach sourness, try eating a dish of Lahori Dahi Bhallay and see what happens.
15. LAHORI DAAL MAASH
Lahori Daal (lentil) Maash is a famous dish not just in Lahore but throughout Pakistan. The onions, garlic, spices, cumin powder, red chilli, and black pepper are sautéed in butter with the Dall Maash. The aroma of Daal Maash will enchant you and will undoubtedly increase your hunger. The daal is garnished with coriander, raw green chillies, and a variety of other ingredients.
16. LAHORI KUNAFA
Lahori Kunafa is a delicacy cooked with a cheese mixture and noodle-shaped pastries or semolina dough drowned in sugar, rose water, cream, and butter syrup. Pistachios, nuts, flowers, and almonds cover the cake. Although the Kunafa did not originate in Lahore, Lahoris make one of the country’s greatest Kunafa sweets.
Below are must-try desserts when in Lahore and yes thank us later. Count these as a bonus from ourside.
17. JALEBI FROM GRATO JALEBI
Grato Jalebi is a must-have for iftar and teas. This unique jalebi is double the size of a regular jalebi and is oh-so-crispy.
18. DAHI BHALLAY
Nawaz Sharif’s favourite dahi bhallay is Nafees’ Dahi Bhallas, which are cool, fresh, and topped with crispy papri, sweet chutney, and chaat masala. This bhallay dance the jig in your mouth and occasionally entice you to perform one as well. Also, if acidity is ever an issue for you, grab a plate from here. There will be magic.
This small tea shop serves the most delicious milky Doodh Patti, which will make you want to bring your pals here for late-night hangouts.