Pakistani Street Food to Get You in the Cooking Mood

A collection of Pakistani street food recipes that you can try at home easily. From chaat to kebabs, all will get you in the cooking mood.

Samosa chaat.

Pakistan is known for its cuisine, and it’s no wonder why. Here is a collection of food that you will find a vendor serving as they are so popular and for good reason. It has tempting flavors, textures, fresh, colorful ingredients, and many spices. Households worldwide enjoy Pakistani street food by making them at home. Give this selection a go and savor the taste of Pakistan too.

Halwa Puri: Semolina Pudding And Fried Flatbread

Halwa Puri.
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Halwa Puri is the ultimate breakfast or brunch. The combination of sweet semolina pudding with savory, airy fried puri flatbread makes this meal incredibly hard to resist. Halwa Puri recipe.

Onion Bhaji: Crispy Onion Pakora

Onion Bhaji.
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Onion Bhaji is a great finger food and a handy teatime snack when you don’t want something sweet. Paired with Mint Chutney, these crispy fritters will be hard to put down. Onion Bhaji recipe.

Chana Chaat: Sweet, Spicy, and Tangy Chickpea Snacks

Chana chaat.
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Chana Chaat is a tasty snack made of chickpeas, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and chili. It has lemon juice and spices that enhance the flavor and make this dish a party in the mouth. Chana Chaat recipe.

Fruit Chaat

Fruit chaat.
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You have yet to have fruit like this. Tossed with chaat masala spices, it brings a unique savory, tangy, and sweet taste that is hard to resist. Fruit Chaat recipe.

Chicken Pakora

Chicken pakora.
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Chicken pakora, or chicken pakoda, is the equivalent of boneless crispy chicken fritters. They are boneless chicken pieces dipped in batter and deep-fried until golden and crunchy on the outside. Chicken Pakora recipe.

Papri Chaat

Papri chaat.
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Papdi chaat is potato and chickpea salad with spiced-up yogurt and tamarind dressing. It has papdi, the type of crunchy snack made of flour, on the top, giving it a more delicious texture. Papri Chaat recipe.

Samosa Chaat

Samosa chaat.
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Samosa Chaat is the epitome of all the irresistible flavors in Pakistani cuisine. Sweet and savory, tangy and spicy, crunchy and juicy, this is one dish you will be serving repeatedly. Samosa Chaat recipe.

Aloo Tikki

Aloo tikkis.
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Aloo Tikki is a potato cutlet with a well-balanced aroma of spices and herbs. Enjoy it as is or as a filling in pita bread, flatbread, or tortilla wrap, and have it for your packed lunch and a picnic. Aloo Tikki recipe.

Chicken Seekh Kabab

Chicken seekh kabab.
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This delicious finger food often appears as an appetizer of the Pakistani food spread. It’s succulent and delicious to have as a starter with naan bread and spicy tomato chutney. Chicken Seekh Kabab recipe.

Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka.
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Chicken tikka, or murgh tikka, is small pieces of marinated chicken in spicy yogurt, put on skewers, and cooked on a grill. The word tikka itself means chunks or small pieces. They are flavorful and succulent, making them perfect for appetizers, light lunches, or barbecue menus. Chicken Tikka recipe.

Ground Chicken Kebab

Ground chicken kebab.
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This easy-to-make chicken kebab recipe uses ground chicken. It makes delicious kebab patties that will please everybody, including your little ones. It is succulent and juicy with well-balanced spices, making the kebab irresistibly delicious. Ground chicken kebab recipe

Shami Kabab

Shami Kabab.
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Shami Kebab is one delicious kebab with a beautiful texture and delicate spiciness mixed with savory meat. It’s one of the must-have snack items in Pakistani/ Indian households simply because they’re too good to exclude. Shami Kabab recipe.

Dahi Baray  

Dahi Baray.
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Dahi Baray is a popular choice at gatherings and special occasions. Fluffy lentil dumplings are soaked in cooling yogurt and topped with tamarind chutney, spices, and crunchy gram flour bits. Dahi Baray recipe.

Aloo Paratha

Aloo paratha.
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This Aloo Paratha recipe is what you want to try for a savory snack or a light meal when you want something simple but a little bit more elaborate than a sandwich. Aloo Paratha recipe.

Keema Paratha

Keema Paratha.
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An irresistible flatbread stuffed with aromatically seasoned minced meat and shallow fried to perfection. A handy teatime treat or main meal for any time or season. Keema Paratha recipe.

Vegetable Pakora Recipe Pakistani Style

Vegetable pakora.
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No Pakistani experience is complete without a heart batch of vegetable pakoras fresh off the wok. With a crispy batter, these deep-fried fritters are the most excellent accompaniment to a cup of tea. And they are vegan, too! Vegetable Pakora recipe.

Easy Tandoori Chicken in Air Fryer

Air fried chicken tandoori.
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Street vendors may not have air fryers, but you can still enjoy the taste from the comfort of your home. Try these gorgeous air-fried chicken pieces marinated in yogurt and aromatic spices. Tandoori Chicken recipe.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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