11 (Pakistani)

List by: anika854, created: 31 Mar 2018, updated: 31 Mar 2018 Public: Users can add dishes

Just like the city itself the cuisine of Karachi is a mixture of numerous different influences. Many ethnic groups and traditions have contributed their flavors, spices, and methods to create a unique collection of tantalizing foods that are on the spicier side with a focus on fragrance and meat. Here is a list of the top 11 dishes you must eat when in Karachi.

1. Nihari

نهاری‎ (Indian) (Pakistani)

Nihari is a stew consisting of slow-cooked meat mainly beef or lamb along with bone marrow, garnished to taste and occasionally served with cooked brain.

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2. Biryani

Biryani Rice, Biriyani, Biriani (Bangladeshi) (Indian)

Biryani is a mixed rice dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is popular throughout the subcontinent and among the diaspora from the region. It is generally made with spices, rice, and meat

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3. Chicken Karahi

gosht karahi (Pakistani)

Chicken Karahi is a Pakistani and North Indian dish noted for its spicy taste. Chicken Karahi is homestyle chicken curry with fragrant spices and fresh ginger. Karahi or Kadai means a thick, circular, metal cooking pot, similar to a wok that is used in Indian cooking for curries, sautéed vegetables and deep frying.

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4. Chicken Tikka


Boneless tender chicken chunks marinated with our house special spices and herbs cooked in a clay oven

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5. Handi


Handi is a creamy delicious aromatic dish made from a large number of ingredients but cooked in a short span of time. It’s a dish most people love to eat out because of its exquisite taste originating from Mughal and Punjabi influence. The dish gets its name from the earthenware pot or Handi in which it’s meant to be cooked however it can also be made in a wok or karahi.

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6. Seekh Kebab

Seekh Kabab (Indian)

Skewered minced lamb kabab flavored with mint and cilantro

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7. Katakat

Kata-kat, tak-a-tak, کٹاکٹ (Pakistani)

Katakat is a special meat dish originally from Karachi in Sindh, but now very popular throughout Pakistan. It is made from Offal ( i.e. a mixture of various meat organs), including testicles, brain, kidney, heart, liver, lungs and lamb chops in butter.

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8. Tabrizi Kofta

meatball, meatloaf, Afghan Kofta, کوفته, Tabriz Köftesi (Afghan) (Indian) (Iranian)

Tabrizi Kofta is a regional variation from Iran, which contains yellow split peas in addition to the minced meat.


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9. Paya

Siri Paya (Bangladeshi) (Indian) (Pakistani)

Paya is a traditional food from the Indian subcontinent. It is also served at various festivals and treated to special guests and people who get together. Paaya means Legs in Hindi and Urdu. The main ingredients of the dish are the trotters (or hoof) of a beef, goat, buffalo or sheep; cooked with various spices.

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10. Haleem

(-Middle Eastern-)

Haleem is a stew popular in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Indian subcontinent. Although the dish varies from region to region, it always includes wheat or barley, meat and sometimes lentils

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11. Chicken Malai Boti


The name of this dish from Malai or fresh cream that is used to marinate the meat along with spices before it is barbecued. This gives the meat a uniquely smooth, soft flavorful bite. It’s one of the most popular dishes in Karachi because of the winning combination of spiciness and the creamy base which makes the chicken meat almost melt upon eating.

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