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Shinwari Karahi

Nourish and indulge: A Healthy Twist to Traditional Shinwari Karahi

The shinwari karahi stands out for its wholesome flavors and beautiful aroma. It originates from northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is named after the Shinwari tribe based in this region. Shinwari karahi is a blend of very basic spices and meat cooked to perfection to create this mouth-watering delicacy.  Different varieties of shinwari karahi in mutton and chicken are now available across Islamabad.

Traditional shinwari karahi

Traditionally the meat, preferably lamb, is cooked in tomato-based gravy with black pepper, salt, and green chilies that give a harmonious flavor and aroma to the dish. The bone-in meat is cooked in its fat which enhances the taste. This is cooked in a wok and is served as such with traditional naan.

Is shinwari karahi healthy?

The shinwari however tastes great and smells too appetizing to resist, it is not very healthy and may pose some hazards if consumed regularly. The main reason for it being so unhealthy is the use of saturated fats while cooking and it makes it very unhealthy for obese, diabetic, and heart patients.

Shinwari Karahi

How to make it health-friendly?

A little twist in the traditional recipe can create a healthier version of this mouthwatering dish.

  • Not using huge amounts of ghee and fat.
  • Adding lesser salt and may use lemon juice or other herbs like garlic and onion powder to the flavor. 
  • Using oil in lesser quantities, and not deep frying the ingredients.
  • Adding fresh ingredients can help produce a better taste too. 
  • Eating the calculated and weighed portion so as not to disturb your diet.

Conclusion

Shinwari Karahi is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Pashtun people and their love for bold, flavorsome dishes. While Shinwari Karahi can be a nutritious option when prepared with healthier choices, it's important to note that the final nutritional value depends on the specific ingredients and cooking techniques used. As with any dish, moderation, and mindful eating are key to enjoying it as part of a balanced diet.

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