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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 10:27

For the sake of argument I am putting Pakistan, India, Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka in the same basket.

What is our staple diet? Each region has diet specific to their geography, we seem to eat everything.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 11:19
Our main dishes would be (in order)

  • Vegetables/Lentils (mixed or single - depends on the dish)
  • Rice
  • Chicken (more than meat)
  • Lamb (I think:))
  • Seafood
- but only in the form of Fish Fingers, Tuna, Cod and Salmon (sometimes deveined Prawns)
Then with these main ingredients, we may have Pasta, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Pizza, Wraps, Roti and so on.
Lunch would be sandwiches 5 days a week :( or leftovers

To Conclude:
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Wheat
  • Maize
  • Potatoes
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Fruits
  • Oil
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 11:47

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What would you eat if you didn't live in England?

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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 12:10
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All of the above :)

But I guess my upbringing has had an effect on what I would and would not eat.

I always disliked meat as a kid, hated fish (except the ones mentioned).

I can't really comment on what my staple food would be as I haven't really experienced it for long periods, also, when abroad, we get treated nicely so it's difficult to tell.

From what I understand, it would mostly be Wheat, Maize, Rice, Eggs, Milk, Lentils, Vegetables, (lesser) Chicken, (lesser) Beef, and (even lesser) Fish, but I would have to drop that abroad. (Fish scare me as I didn't learn how to eat it properly - I find them dangerous personally)

But knowing what goes on abroad - I would avoid Meat as much as possible unless it was slaughtered at home or in front of me!

I guess it comes down to taste and financial status when in England - When over seas it would be the otherway round. When with relatives, we take into consideration their status and always ask for the cheapest option so not to be a burden upon them.
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 12:52
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Pakistani diet I wud say

a. Wheat/roti
b. Meat/poultry in Pakistan namely chicken and cow. Those with a bit more money or if going to restaurant goat and if from the pathaan land then sheep.
c. Ghee and oil taking over slowly
d. Lentils (lentils and roti ate the staple madrasa diet)
e. Ladyfingers/potato curry/spinach/cauliflower/karele/zuchinis/ al tendai dont know the english word for it
f. egg fried
g. Rice usually cooked with chicken/beef or chickpeas or potatoes
h. Doodhpati chai
I. Cake rusks/dry pastries and for good occasions mathai
j. Rooh afza/imli sharbat/limbu pani/typical coke/pepsi bottles
k. Mango/papeeta/banana smoothies
l. Pan/betal/chalia
m. Halwa
n. Fruit = mango/banana/melon/watermelon/guavas/apples/oranges all depending on season
o. Pakora/samosa/kebab depending on area chappal or shami and bbq chicken
p. Chaat/letil burgers
Q. Chillies/garlic/powered spices/tomatoe/onion/
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 12:56
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r. Dairy. Milk/desi ghee/lassi/cream/rubery
S. Grean tea/coffe not so common except in major cities
T. Roti/naan/and speacial naans for wedding occasions and when you have a bit of money
U. Reasturaunt break fast is curried chick peas with some kind of lisght paratha with a overly sugared and geasy blob of bright orange halwa
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 12:59
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V. Fish is usually fried or curried
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 13:15
I don't mean to derail the thread, so please continue on linked thread if needed.

@byellow200 What about Double Roti? :):):):)

I can't stand Rooh afza or Rose Water - Sounds wierd but I find that TOO Sweet and Disgusting. The only reason I feel that way is probably because I was forced to eat rose petals at shrines when I was very very young. Glad we don't do that stuff anymore.
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 15:22
Would it be too much to generalise that people of Pakistan prefer Roti/Nan while people of Bangaldesh and South India prefer rice?

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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 15:35

Healthiest food in Pakistan, Sajji

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#11 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 15:36
kadhi khichdi with ghee and achar (every night)
daal chawal (after jummah)
Tareli rotli (google it) with chai every morning
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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 13th October 2017 16:18
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Are you sure that isn't a donkey :)

Not being a Pakistani myself, I would'nt of had a clue what Sajji was if it wasn't for and Google :)

I'd never heard that name before. But we do have roast chicken at home, of differing styles/flavours.


We were in an amusement park in Karachi a few years ago where they were serving beef tikka with tandoori nan. It looked so juicy so we tried it even though we were told not to :( we fell sick the next day. When we got back to London, people started sharing videos of donkey meat in Pakistan, that really put me off.
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#13 [Permalink] Posted on 16th October 2017 07:11
South Indian Food is common among all religions, here goes the Menu!

Early Morning (After waking up )
Tea/Coffee - its almost compulsory

BreakFast
Idly/Dosai/Idiyappam/Appam (Rice items) - More Common
Upma, Pongal, Pasta, Semiya(Vermicelli), Puttu,
Vadai - one of the best invention in the culinary. Different shapes like donut, cookie, etc dipped in oil and fried.
Dish - Sambhar, Chutney - More Common.
Other Dishes like Non Veg Korma, Egg etc are not so frequent
Poori, Roti varieties
After Breakfast - Tea optional

Lunch
RICE RICE RICE - COMMON Food
A gravy(can be Veg / No Veg) with additional dish (Dry item like potato fry or any non veg dry item) is Mandatory
Pickle, Curd
Roti- Very Less or NO

Dinner
Items from either Breakfast or Lunch, but RICE more common

DESERTS
We use Rice, Rava, Poha, Vermicelli, milk to make sweets. There are lots, cant elaborate now

Additional NOTES
- Fish varieties are found more in the coastal region
- Biryani(Veg/Non Veg) more common Lunch
- Keralites(people from Kerala) use coconut oil for cooking, certain parts of TamilNadu also use coco oil. I personally like Coconut oil used for cooking, but most hate it.
- During Eid, you get Haleem in Hyderabad and Kanji(Porridge made with Rice, Masala - spices, Meat) in TamilNadu







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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 17th October 2017 02:55
Karnataka North-
breakfast- Jawar roti
Karnataka South
breakfast- raagi mudda(raagi ball)
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#15 [Permalink] Posted on 18th October 2017 16:26
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Dakhni Muslim families in south have few more varieties for breakfast :

Macroni (similar to pasta), Semiya (pulao type), Sutriyan, Khicdi. Ragi items is used by few families.

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