With so much going on in the food world, Pakistan isn’t far behind. Credit to food forums on Facebook like ESR, F&F that food has become an everyday discussion where people come up with new innovations, reviews and suggestions. We have listed some of the trends gaining attention in Pakistan.
Desi food is Pakistanis first and foremost choice and it’s back with a bang with some modern-day alterations. 2016 can definitely be called the year of ‘food-entrepreneurship’ considering the rise of restaurants and cafes everywhere in Pakistan. Modern dhabas like Cup Shup, Cafe Kahani (in Lahore) and numerous modern naan shops have combined traditional items with present-day ingredients giving goodies like the infamous Nutella Naan Panini and Tandoori Chai.
2. Food Gardening:
As awareness on food hygiene is spreading, many are taking the route to organic produce. Gardening has become major whether it’s growing tomatoes in your backyard or sprouting your own herbs in small pots in the kitchen. The sweetness home grown produce gives to meals just can’t be compared with.
3. Flavored Pastries:
Till now we have been used to of delicious flavourful fillings in samosas, rolls, pies and more. The cool new trend in the culinary world is packing more flavor in the pastries that are wrapped around the filling. Chefs are adding little things like herbs, whole spices, garlic powder or just a bit of lemon zest to give their snacks another touch of flavor, and now we can do the same at home as well.
4. Home Kitchen Startups:
One of the trends which is going places nowadays is home based kitchen startups. These startups are revolutionizing the food industry Pakistan. With help of local distributors and social media platforms, these startups providing home based ready to cook, frozen foods and baking items near them which is a profitable business. The rise in such startups has been recorded immensely in the year 2017 when the startups like Zahra’s Kitchen setup their home based kitchen.
Open fire isn’t just for the outdoors, people are cooking up a storm in the kitchen over grills. Barbecue meat has always been a thing in Pakistan but char-grilling zucchinis, eggplants and onions as side dishes isn’t only amazing to eat but beautiful to look at too.