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Some of the popular Pashtun dishes, from left to right: 1. Mutton grilled kebab (seekh kabab); 2. Palao and salad; 3. Tandoori chicken; and 4. Mantu (dumplings). The Pashtun cuisine includes a blend of Central Asian, South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Most Pashtun dishes are traditionally non-spicy.

Pashtun cuisine (Pashto: پښتنۍ خواړه) refers to the cuisine of the Pashtun people and is covered under both Afghan and Pakistani cuisines. It is largely based on meat dishes including mutton, beef, chicken, and fish as well as rice and some other vegetables.[1] Accompanying these staples are dairy products (yogurt, whey, cheeses), various nuts, local vegetables, and fresh and dried fruits. Peshawar, Islamabad, Kabul, Bannu, Quetta, Kandhar and Mardan are centers of Pashtun cuisine.

Afghan Pashtun cuisine

Pakistani Pashtun cuisine

Popular food items


The following is an incomplete list of food items that Pashtuns enjoy eating.

Traditional breakfast items

Pashtuns in their traditional territory drink green (kahwa) or black tea (chai) with breakfast. Some drink masala chai, especially the Pakistani Pashtuns. Sheer chai, which is a type of tea that is mixed with milk and sugar is also consumed. Other breakfast foods can include: Afghan naan, paratha, eggs, butterfat, (malai) milk creams, cheeses, etc. Pastries, cakes and cookies are consumed with either tea or warm milk. Those in cities buy and eat whatever breakfast items are sold in grocery stores, which may include porridge, oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, sausages, fruit juices, etc.

See also


  1. ^ "The End of Afghan Cuisine in Pakistan?". 8 May 2018. Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Exile on Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan". Baynard Woods. The Baltimore Sun. 3 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2021-12-27. Retrieved 2021-12-28. Kaddo Borwani, baby pumpkins pan fried and then baked and served with garlic and yogurt
  3. ^ آغا جان ماما مشهوره روش، کندهار Popular Rosh, Kandahar on YouTube