The first and the foremost is the simple, affordable and widely taken breakfasts, especially in the rural areas and by workers and those who cannot afford an expensive breakfast. Yes I am talking of a well greased layered Paratha with a cup of tea. And if tea happens to be Doodh Patti, the breakfast certainly turns kingly. This breakfast continues to be there for God knows since how many centuries as generation after generation enjoys this breakfast.
Paratha on top, Nihari no bottom left and Sri Paye on bottom right
People living in the urban areas prefer eggs with bread, called “double roti” in Pakistan. Why plain bread is called double roti, I do not know. Rather no one seems to know how this translation of bread came about. May be it has to do with some incident during the British rule of the united India when they introduced bread in this part of the world. The eggs can be scrambled, half fried, full fried and of course the omelet. Omelet can have various forms; simple or plain, with onions, with onions and green chilies, with onions, green chilies and tomatoes. Eggs can be boiled and taken independent of bread or the” double roti.”
Going up the greasy stuff, Halwa Poori and Bhaji is perhaps the most likeable for all and sundry, especially on the weekends and holidays. Another favorite is yet another greasy and oily “Sri Paye.” This is again one of the most favorite breakfasts, especially in Lahore – a city of taste and innovative foods. Sri is the head of the goat and paye are its four feet. These are prepared almost the whole night and early in the morning one can find the small eateries that one can find on every corner of Lahore serving this to its customers. This is normally served in round shape “payalas” rather than flat or beveled plates. To add to its taste, it is eaten with kulchay or naan (specially made rounded bread baked in the tandoor or the typical Eastern earthen oven.
Halwa Poori shown on the bottom. A cook making Poori and a typical roadside breakfast place shown on top
Anothet favorite delicacy is nihari. This is yet another heavily spiced and oily breakfast made of beef and served with naan and kulchay. If you are visiting Pakistan and specially Lahore and have a stomach to sustain these heavily spiced and greased breakfasts, do insist your host to take you to places to have these. Or you can also find it yourself, especially near the railway station and the bus stands. So don’t miss these spicy, yet long not forgotten breakfasts of your life.