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Pakistani culture is blessed with a wide range of foods to chose from. Various delicacies and must have cuisines make up the daily meals from a simple menu to a spread good enough for any guest.
A typical Pakistani breakfast, locally called nashta , consists of eggs (boiled/scrambled/fried/omelet), a slice of loaf bread or roti, parathas, sheermal with tea or lassi, qeema (minced meat), fresh seasonal fruits (mangoes, apples, melons, bananas etc.), milk, honey, butter, jam, shami kebab, and nuts. Sometimes breakfast includes baked goods like bakarkhani and rusks. During holidays and weekends, halwa poori and chick peas are sometimes eaten. In Punjab, sarson ka saag (mustard leaves) and maaki ki roti (cornbread) is a local favourite. Punjabi people also enjoy khatchapuri, a savory pastry filled with cheese. In Karachi, breakfast might even include nihari, paya and Naan. The most popular breakfast remains a paratha (either plain with your mashed potatoes inside) with tea.
A typical Pakistani lunch consists of meat curries or lentils along with rice. Breads such as roti or naan are usually served for dinner but have become common during the day so that rice maybe served for dinner. Popular lunch dishes may include aloo gosht (meat and potato curry) or any vegetable with mutton. Chicken dishes like chicken karahi and chicken korma are also popular. Alternatively, roadside food stalls often sell just lentils and tandoori roti, or masala stews with chapatis. People who live near the main rivers also eat fish for lunch, which is sometimes cooked in the tandoori style.
Dinner is considered the main meal of the day as the whole family gathers for the occasion. Food which requires more preparation and which is more savory (such as pulao, kofte, kebabs, qeema, korma) are prepared. Lentils are also a dinnertime staple. These are served with roti or naan along with yoghurt, pickle and salad. The dinner may sometimes be followed by fresh fruit, or traditional desserts like kheer, gulab jamun, shahi tukray, gajraila, qulfi or ras malai.