This is a list of Pakistani sweets and desserts. Many different desserts exist in Pakistani cuisine.[1][2] Some sweets are the same or are similar to Indian sweets, due to the two countries' shared cultural heritage. Please see the List of Indian sweets and desserts for more details.

Pakistani sweets and desserts

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Name Image Main ingredients Description
Bal Mithai
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Milk, sugar balls A type of barfi, a sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent. Plain barfi is made with condensed milk and sugar cooked until it solidifies. The many varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), kaaju barfi (made with cashews), and pista barfi (made with ground pistachios). The name is derived from the Persian word barf which means "snow", since barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance, this is why it is served cold.
Ice cream, milk A popular summer drink throughout Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Middle East. It is often available at restaurants and beach stalls.
Karachi Halwa Corn, milk A confection similar to Turkish delight.
Milk, sugar
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Milk and rice flour based dessert.
Gulab Jaman
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Milk, khoya, saffron It is a milk-solid sweet or a type of mithai mainly made from milk solids, traditionally khoya. It is also officially declared the national dessert of Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan.[3]
Shahi Tukra
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Milk, sugar, spices, cardamom, saffron
Sheer Khurma
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Vermicelli, milk, dates, cashew nuts, cardamom, butter
Shikanjabeen (Shikanjvi)
Sohan Halwa
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Corn flour, ghee, dry fruits
Sohan Papdi/Patisa
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Besan Barfi
Suji ka halwa
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Semolina, milk, ghee
Ras malai Cottage cheese Made of cottage cheese balls (also known as chenna/paneer) soaked in a thickened, sweetened, and flavoured milk.

See also


  1. ^ Munir, Sunbal (2021-07-08). "Top 25 Pakistani Sweets & Desserts (With Pictures)". Chef's Pencil. Retrieved 2022-08-31.
  2. ^ Jamie (2022-04-01). "22+ Pakistani Desserts That Will Take The Spotlight 2022". Lacademie. Retrieved 2022-08-31.
  3. ^ "Gulab Jamun is now officially the national dessert of Pakistan". Daily Times. January 6, 2019.