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#1 May 27th, 2009, 18:07
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Is there a difference between Indian food and Pakistani food?

Are there any dishes or deserts that are exclusively Pakistani or Indian ?
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Are there any dishes or deserts that are exclusively Pakistani or Indian ?
Yes, a huge difference, depending on how you look at it.

Pakistani food tends to be more meat based, and more oily.

Indians (and this is a generalization) tend to have at least one vegetable dish (Subzi) with no meat with every meal, even if you are a non-vegger.

There are many more differences. Do you have a specific query?
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I didn't have an impression that the food preferences are devided by the state borders. As AwayFromHome has pinted out, Muslim cousine has much more meet especially mutton. In Delhi and Punjab (Indian or Pakistani part) many restaurants offer Muglai cousine which has a strong Persian and central Asian influence.
The only major difference I have noticed was fish. In Karachi I haven't found a restaurant with good fish selection, whereas in the coastal cities of India this should be quite different(haven't been there, just heared).
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Pakistani food tends to be more meat based, and more oily.


MORE oily??? Really???
Most of the food -delicious though it is- positively floats in oil here, I'm having a hard time understanding how it could possibly be oilier.

After settling down here, getting my cook to understand those funny foreigners who screw up all the good food by insisting she cook with virtually no oil (we rationed her, if it's up, it's up) and having all dishes prepared 'dry', with less oil and water added, was one of the harder things.
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MORE oily??? Really???
Most of the food -delicious though it is- positively floats in oil here, I'm having a hard time understanding how it could possibly be oilier.

After settling down here, getting my cook to understand those funny foreigners who screw up all the good food by insisting she cook with virtually no oil (we rationed her, if it's up, it's up) and having all dishes prepared 'dry', with less oil and water added, was one of the harder things.
It could be that your cook uses more oil than necessary, but most Indian homes certainly don't use excessive amounts of oil in their day to day cooking.

Then again, the definition of "excessive" is not the same for everyone.
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are there less vegetables in pakistan?...or just less interest in them?
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There are good cooks and bad cooks, then on a given day one might accidently pour more oil than needed. So it depends. I think there is more likelyhood of Moglai food being generally more greasy than Gujarati/Jain or Tamil cooking for example.

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From personal experience when I was in Lahore we had only meat.meat and meat .. hardly any vegetables.. the only vegetables we had was freshly cut tomatoes ,, cucumber etc...

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MORE oily??? Really???
Yes, really!

Everything, from all their meat dishes to their breads (Puris for example) are very oily.
And their sweets too. Dunno why!

And as someone else asked - they really don't do the vegetable/subzi thing.

One of friend's mother was visiting from Pakistan, and she remarked "Oh, you afrom India, so you must be eating Dal only", with a not so nice sneer. Just to show how meat intensive their food is!
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Originally Posted by haydn View Post are there less vegetables in pakistan?...or just less interest in them?
It's definitely a "meaty culture". When we were in Lahore a few months ago we couldn't find subji to save our lives. We found the food to be really awful. The one saving grace was baked goods and pastries that we bought in markets in the Old City which were 1000 times better than the dry tasteless pastries of India. Better than the lifeless, overpriced crap they sell at Wengers which is supposed to be the pinnacle of fancy pastries in Delhi. I figure it's a Pakistani thing,and not Punjabi. Just two hours away across the border in Amritar there's lots of great subji resturants with really amazing food. Amritsar's not an exciting city but there's great food to be had.
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Reminds me of Uzbekistan then...did a short stint there and it's a lovely country for the monuments and the friendly people but the food... nothing but bread, rice and sheep meat all day long. Most horrible culinary moment: an official function where the local delicacy was offered and I got the best portion: grilled cubes of fat from beneath the tail of a special breed of sheep. Thought I'd vomit in front of the 50 guests. No vegetables, no nothing. And I usually eat meat only once every 2 or 3 weeks.....

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Simply put, if you cross over the border from Pakistan into India and eat a meal, it will be very similar to a pakistani meal you had on the other side of the border. As you keep moving into India, the cuisine will change dramatically.

In other words there is no standard for Indian cuisine.. Mughlai, Punjabi and Sindhi food in India will be similar to its counterparts in Pakistan. But then, India has a lot more to offer -- Bengali, Udupi, Chettinad, Andhra cuisine can be very dfferent from what Pakistan has to offer.

BTW, the Bengali cuisine in India will be similar to the cuisine the to will get in Bangladesh.
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There were several food stalls from Pakistan at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan last year and there was a mini stampede at most of the stalls. From the Parathas and Tandoori Chicken I had , I can safely say that they are far superior to anything available in Delhi.

The Tandoori Chicken had very few masalas and was lightly tandoored but was tasty beyond belief. Indian Tandoori chicken has overwhelming masalas and are red in color and are nearly burnt in the tandoor. While tasty in it's own right , it is inferior to it's Lahore counterpart.
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Originally Posted by Amalfi View Post There were several food stalls from Pakistan at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan last year and there was a mini stampede at most of the stalls. From the Parathas and Tandoori Chicken I had , I can safely say that they are far superior to anything available in Delhi.

The Tandoori Chicken had very few masalas and was lightly tandoored but was tasty beyond belief. Indian Tandoori chicken has overwhelming masalas and are red in color and are nearly burnt in the tandoor. While tasty in it's own right , it is inferior to it's Lahore counterpart.
Comes down to personal taste (and probably novelty), doesn't it?

I personally much prefer Indian food, and I have eaten in dozens of Pakistani restaurants. That is no condemnation of Pakistani food - some dishes I liked very much.

But they defintely are clueless about subjis, Dal etc.
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I haven't read the entire thread here, howeever there is no comparing the two. India has numerous cuisines and even Pakistani cuisine is part of Indian cuisine.
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