Once upon a time there were two friends; Halwa & Puri……

Their tale has been told and devoured since time immemorial; for these are the best of buddies forever enjoined in a delectable duo of sugary and sweet-smelling  confections.The exact origin of these two wondrous treats is yet to be discovered, but many countries and cultures including Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Bangladesh etc. are avid devotees.

These two are notoriously known and loved for their delicious taste despite the caloric overdose. Their camaraderie surpasses borders and cultures and Halwa without its counterpart Puri is like tea without sugar; it just won’t do! An overtly jealous intruder, Aloo Cholay (Spicy Potatoes & chick peas and various herbs)  continues to butt in with its enticingly spicy and flavorful existence. After years of struggle, it has gained reputation as the loyal sidekick whenever there is talk of halwa-puri on the breakfast table. Although some people believe that the Aloo Cholay clan lacks that special something and will never be able to completely break the spell of the fellowship its superheroes enjoy. Mr. Aloo Cholay , you will just have to find contentment in being the faithful sidekick. As for the rest of you,  next time you are eating out with friends celebrating friends day, why not pay tribute to one of the oldest buddies this side of the planet has known?

halwa puri

halwa puri

puris

puris

aloo cholay

aloo cholay : the faithful sidekick

Breakfast just isn’t like it used to be….!

About a decade ago, going out for breakfast for Pakistanis meant only one thing; stuffing themselves with delicious traditional breakfast cuisines! Desi favorites ranging anywhere from crispy fried puris, to sugary sweet halwas; From savory herbed channas (chickpea curry) and pickled aaloo bhaaji(pickled potatos with herbs ) to paaye (goat feet curry), nihaari (beef curry) with fluffy soft naans (bread), and refreshing lassi (yogurt & milk drink)… ! These majestic recipes are part of our culture and will always be an essential part of who we are.

Back then no one could imagine going out in the morning just to eat bread and eggs. Fortunately, with the evolution of media and internet, cross-cultural transitions, eating trends have also taken a 180 degree turn.  It’s not just the five star hotels that offer authentic English breakfasts. Days of conventional breakfast menus are long gone. Now we have the luxury to choose from breakfast platters categorized as English breakfast, American breakfast, individual servings of omelets, pancakes, waffles and sidelines including croissants, sausages and hash-browns! You can also try out some appetizing bread baskets of sorts, enticing flavors of tea and coffee, fresh fruits & juices and well just about the whole  breakfast caboodle!

blueberry pancakes - Coffee Tea & Company

Breakfast as World Fashion Cafe

Top ranking breakfast hangouts in Lahore are of course the much coveted Coffee Tea and Company (CTC) and Espresso. Restaurants rapidly gaining momentum in this delectable race are English Tea House & World Fashion Café. Coffee lovers plan out their Sunday mornings in eateries like Gloria Jeans Coffees and Espresso Coffee House  just to smell that wonderful aroma of coffee beans coupled with freshly baked muffins.

english tea house breakfast platter

espresso coffee house

espresso coffee house

Weekends are now looked forward to with invigorated excitement because going out for breakfast with friends and family  has become a pleasant-tasting experience. With doctors forever stressing about the importance of breakfast and how its the most essential meal of the day, the increasing popularity of these breakfast joints ought to bring some relief for our doctors now wouldn’t you say?