Desi Dining In Ramadan

A friend of mine, who lives in Islamabad, has made a habit of enjoying a meal once every Ramadan in Kartarpura, a food street of Rawalpindi.

Dating back to the pre-partition era of 1940s, this place is known for its exotic local, aka desi, delicacies and varieties.


The place opens up in the evening and remains full packed up until early morning. One will not find any continental cuisine over there but what is offered instead is something you may not have tasted before.

My friend recently went back to Kartarpura, as part of his annual tradition, and shared few pictures with me. Enjoy!


Welcoming with a smile.


Ever seen a breakfast house? Now you just did.


A cafe offering glass of Lassi with Patorray, dish made of gram flour.


People won’t mind waiting outside for long, just for the sake of taste.


Is he a Lassi King? πŸ™‚


Serving 5 different varieties of Patorray (Potato, Beef, Vegetable, Chicken and Achari).


A naan (flatbread) to wait for!


Up close with few Patorrays!


Do you like deep or medium fried parathas?


Talk about family legacy!


Just look at those giant pots!

You can read more about Kartarpura food street of Rawalpindi by clicking on the link below:

When the city goes to sleep, Kartarpura awakes

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9 thoughts on “Desi Dining In Ramadan

  1. Itching for Hitching June 17, 2017 / 3:52 AM

    That looks delicious Hammad but I doubt that I’d have the mental or physical strength to fast all day waiting for it. πŸ˜‰

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    • Hammad Rais June 16, 2017 / 3:56 AM

      I also think the same as I haven’t​ visited the area. The patorrays are the bigger version of kachori here in Karachi, which is also made from gram flour. Rest of the items are available here but as they say, a hand cooks differently, so a new taste it would be for me if I ever go there and try those.


  2. Kunal Thakore June 15, 2017 / 4:06 PM

    Did you know there’s a place in Bombay called Bhendi Bazaar, more specifically Mohammedali Road, where we’d often go to eat rich, oily Mughlai khaana during Ramzan – baida rotis, kababs, kaleji/bheja, etc and then the sweets? Now my much older stomach can’t take all the stuff!

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    • Hammad Rais June 16, 2017 / 4:00 AM

      Ah, oily dishes!
      If one wants such treats in Karachi then Burns Road is the place for him, and for her also as women aren’t lagging behind. I only like dahi bhallay of that area. They are out of this world 😍

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