A mouth-watering meal penetrates deeply into the pleasure chambers of one's brain, and the best thing is that we have a variety of options to get the best experience. There is always a kick in introducing something new to your tastebuds. So, while trying dishes from around the world, we found some finest gems from Pakistani restaurants in Chicago.
What we found unique about Pakistani food is that it is not only tasty, but it offers less heat. It might not be as fiery as Indian food, yet taste-wise, it still is on par with it. And for some people, it might prove to be a step further.
So, considering the quality of food that we found, we thought that we will inform you about some scrumptious dishes that you can find at Pakistani restaurants in Chicago. We will give you a general overview of some dishes that will mess with your taste buds in a good or bad way.
So, without wasting a dime of your time, let's begin our recommendations.
Best Pakistani Restaurant Dishes to Eat in Chicago
While trying new things, keep in mind that never go in with a predetermined idea about something. Always be open to experiencing new things because that is how you find true gems in life. So, keep that in mind, and check out our list for awesome Pakistani dishes
1. Chicken Karahi
Chicken Karachi is an Indian/Pakistani Dish that has so many variations. In Indian ones, we found that they use more onions, and they are a bit spicy compared to Pakistani ones. On the other hand, Pakistani have many variations of this same dish. You will find Chicken karahi as the top offering of any best Pakistani restaurant in Chicago.
This dish is cooked in a bowl-shaped saucepan which is called karahi in the sub-continent. Depending on the variation of this dish, most of them either have a lot of gravy or spices. We personally love the Peshawari Namkeen Chicken Karahi variation because it is cooked with minimal spices, yet it tastes amazing. To get the most authentic experience, we recommend eating it with a tandoori flatbread (Naan).
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After meeting with different Pakistani food lovers, we found that biryani classifies as the ultimate dish. If you are a rice fan, then this mix of spices, rice, and meat is the ultimate combo. We recommend trying different variations of biryani in Pakistani restaurants to find the best one.
You might not find the same quality everywhere, but when you manage to find the most authentic Karachi biryani. You will introduce your taste buds to something that will forever change the feeling in your palate. But be careful because it can be a bit spicy.
We recommend pairing this dish with raita (Yogurt mixed with raw or cooked vegetables) for the best experience
3. Bhindi (Okra) and Daal (Pulses)
For vegetarians, Pakistani cuisine has a lot of options like bhindi and pulses. The way Pakistani chiefs combine Bhindi (Okra) with tomatoes, onions, and different spices creates the most unique flavor for your taste buds. When we first experienced bhindi it looked a bit dull, but the taste was mouth-watering.
Furthermore, you will also find many different variations of daal (pulses) in Pakistani cuisine. You might have heard about daals from Indian cuisines first, but Pakistan has its own unique variations. In our experience, the best ones are Daal Mash and Daal Channa. Pairing Pakistani/Indian food with Roti (Flatbread) is always recommended.
Some Other Tasty mentions
In this article, we provided you with our top three choices for the best dishes that you can find in a Pakistani restaurant in Chicago. But this article just scratched the surface of the vast heaven of tasty foods. So, keeping that in mind, here are some mentions of other dishes that you should try:
1. Malai Boti (BBQ)
2. Pakalak Paneer (Vegetarian Option)
3. Chicken Handi
4. Seekh Kebab/Chapli Kebab (Beef/Chicken)
With all this information, we hope that you will find some true gems for your taste buds. So, now it's time for you to start experimenting with the new world of unique cuisines.