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Pashtun food refers to the cuisine of the Pashtuns. Cocking of the Pashtun people is covered under Afghan cuisine and Pakistani cuisine, and is mainly dependent on plenty of meat dishes that includes lamb, beef, chicken, and fresh fish as well as rice and some locally grown vegetables, also including various nuts, fresh and dried fruits. Cities such as Peshawar, Jalalabad, Kabul, Quetta, Herat and Kandahar are known for being the hubs of Pashtun cuisine.
Every community has its own forte, and for generations has maintained their flavours and techniques.Peshawar is not only “the city of flowers”, it is also the city of desi foods. The Pashtuns,ancestralpeople, native Peshawari families and Afghans all make up the population of Peshawar.Peshawari food has a prevailing Pashtun impacthowever a great deal in its taste and ingredients obtain from the city's rich culture and history.
Three common and prominent features are:
PAYE (of lamb and beef) is a must in winters. A variation iskala SiriPancha’ comprising of crushed brain and skull served in an earthenware bowl with roghni naan. Meethi Haleem or Bukhara Haleem can be found at multiple points exclusively in Qisa Khawani Bazaar Peshawar. Shna Kawa (Green tea), bread, eggs, and sometimes cheese are also served.
A variety of breads are made in tandoors (traditional clay ovens). A few which are mentioned here:
Peshawari naan (stuffed with desiccated coconut, pistachios and dried grapes
Crispy corn bread (kneaded with spring onions, fresh chilliesand leek, and then fried).
Khajoor (fist shaped rolls made from wheat flour, ghee, gurh syrup and nuts).
In conventional sweets Kulfi Falooda and kheer is very popular. Another one is Nishasta ki Meethai which is very famous in Pashtun people.
Green Tea is the main delicious drink served there which is Pashtun delicacy. Reason being is that it is prepared in a ‘Samovar’. It is a metal kettle which contains a section inside where traditionally coals were placed. Around that section water, tea leaves and cardamoms are added. Shomleh/Shlombeh, a drink made from mixing yogurt with water and intensively shaking it. Then adding dried mint leaves and small amount of salt.