Nihari in Karachi

Posted on February 1, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Food, Society
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Adil Najam

3QuarksDaily (3QD to friends) was the very first blog I visited and I got addicted to it immediately. I find it to be the most intellectually stimulating and educative blog out there. Over the last year, I have probably told more people about why they should visit 3QD than I have about ATP. That is how much I admire the work that the 3QD team is doing.

Although much of the 3QD team is from Pakistan, the blog itself is much much more than a ‘Pakistani blog.’ However, because so many of them are from Pakistan, a certain Pakistaniness does seep through into the posts in terms of the topics they cover and the way they over them.

One such very Pakistani post was the recent video made and posted by one of the 3QD team members. I must confess -sheepishly – that I may be one of the very few Pakisatnis who does not actually like Nihari. But I did love the video.


I love the video because it has this feel of real citizen journalism to it; both in its topic and its execution. But much more thank that, I love it because for some reason it gives me this very authentic Pakistani – and Karachi – feel.

Maybe it is because of the subject matter and the places it shows; maybe it is because of this very deliberate ‘unprofessional’ feel to it with the jerks and the dhakkas (what could be more Pakistani than a few dhakkas as you wak across Burns Road!); maybe its the simplicity of the narration. Whatever it is, I have been enjoying it for the last few days; the people at Karachi Metroblog have also been doing so for the last couple of days; and I thought you would too.

31 responses to “Nihari in Karachi”

  1. […] As with our earlier post about Nihari in Karachi, I will refrain from explaining exactly what Siri Paye is, but maybe some reader will. Thanks to reader Asma for telling me about this wonderful picture, which is posted on Flickr by Edge of Space, but taken by ~Fursid. There is very interesting, very Pakistani, banter between them there. Our thanks to all for the wonderful memories this picture brings back. […]

  2. OSMAN says:

    Yes Lahore, and also Gujranwalla, fried fish tends to have a lot of soonf sprinkled on it

  3. Naveed says:

    Based on my experience Burns Road has outlets serving Payay so nothing suggests that Karachi has exclusivity over Nihari & Lahore would do likewise for Payay. Lahori food tastes different and has a unique blend of spices which is different from Karachi. For example, I could taste fennel (saunf) in the fried fish in Lahore. Very unique indeed

  4. OSMAN says:

    I think nihari you find every where, but paye is certainly more of a Punjab, Lahore dish.

  5. Farzana says:

    was talking to a friend and wondered. Is it right to say that Nihari is a Karachi thing and Paaye a Lahore thing?

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