Drinks make up a large part of foods and in Pakistan, there is a diverse range famed for their taste. We look at 5 of the best drinks in Pakistan. There are some reliable drinks in Pakistan.
Buttermilk (Lassi) would a popular tradition yogurt-based drink that originates in the Indian subcontinent. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices, and sometimes fruit. Salty lassi is similar to milk, while sweet and mango lassis are like milkshakes.
It is one of the most popular drinks in South Asia so it is no surprise that many Pakistani people enjoy it. It mainly drank after a heavy breakfast, whether it is halwa puri or naan, chickpeas, lassi cannot be missed.
But butter is one of the best ones as it is sweetest with sugar. For the richest texture, chunks of butter add to it.
This cold drink is best to enjoy during the summer. Every food corner that serves breakfast is likely to offer a large glass of sweet lassi.
lemonade (Shikanjabeen) is a traditional limeade or lemonade which originated in the Punjab region but its delicious taste meant that it made its way throughout Pakistan.
It makes using lemon or lime juice, some ginger, and sugar. The ingredients mix with cold water and served chilled. The cold drink is one of the most popular beverages to have during the summer. High in vitamin C, it stimulates your digestive system. Furthermore, lemons are an excellent example of an alkaline food that helps balance your body’s pH.
Typically, lemonade serves by merchants at stalls and the flavor can be adjusted based on the preference of the customer. Some may add a little salt or cumin for extra flavor but the overall taste makes it one of the most enjoyed drinks in Pakistan.
SUGARCANE JUICE (Ganna Ka Ras)
Available all around street stalls, sugarcane juice (ganna ka ras) popularly known as the national roadside drink of Pakistan.
Freshly pressed from raw sugarcane, through a mill machine, this drink has a fresh invigorating taste that satisfies the summer thirst. Since gaining popularity on roadsides, the drink has made its way into shopping centers. For those who find the juice too delicious, they can always ask the vendor to add salt for a more balanced flavor. Ganne ka ras is one of the most well-known drinks in Pakistan. The nutritious drink is also very cheap. At Rs. 20, many take the time to enjoy the drink.
PINK TEA (Kashmiri Chai)
Kashmiris are known to be connoisseurs of tea. One of their traditional beverages is noon tea or a pink-colored special pink tea made with gunpowder tea (green tea leaves rolled into small balls), milk, sea salt, and baking soda. The word “noon” means salt in several Indian languages.
Kashmiris usually drink noon chai in the morning and the afternoon with naan bread. Some people also drink it during their working hours.
For this, green tea leaves brew in sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) until a thick red-brown color extract is obtained. This may take about 45 minutes to two hours. This then dilutes with water, by adding milk and salt to it. The tea serves in a flask or large samovar (brass utensil) which keeps it warm by burning coal inside.
Morning Drinks TEA (Chai)
One of the most popular drinks in Pakistan is tea and it is drunk during almost every occasion, like at work, at home, or in restaurants. It serves based on a person’s taste. Some like it strong while others may prefer it sweet. Sometimes people may choose to have it without milk or sugar.
Even though there are many types of tea, one popular alternative in Pakistan is noon chai, which has a distinctive pink color. It tastes wonderful with or without sugar. It serves during winter and union events and a pinch of salt is added to it along with sugar. Karak chai preferred by those working long shifts as it gives the drinker more of a caffeine boost than other tea.
There are many alternatives to tea which is why it is a delightful drink in Pakistan.