A Question of a ‘Naan’

Islamabad is truly a city with a thousand faces. Islamabad has a population that is characterised by ethnic identities from the far north to the southern most point of the countryand each of these people has brought some part of their own cultures with them and as time has gone by, that particular tradition has become identifiable with Islamabad’s life style.

One of these traditions that has grown largely due to the population that was initially based in NWFP, specifically Peshawar City where even today, people rely mostly on the ‘tandoor’ to provide their daily intake of the ‘roti’, a flat leavened form of bread made from wholewheat flour. Islamabad has hundreds of small and large tandoors located in small markets and in nooks and cranies around the city which provide many forms of fresh, warm bread hot from the oven to residents of the posh areas to the laborers employed around the city. Some of these tandoors are attached to small hotels that also serve the not so well off when it’s time for an afternoon or evening meal.

As time has gone by, tandoors have evolved the conventional ‘roti’ into many varied types, to suit different occasions and tastes. For example, a ‘roghni naan’ or a ‘paratha’ usually kneaded with ghee and/or milk usually signifies a special occasion; guests or lunch or even a simple leasurely meal on a holiday. During a convential week, it is the common ‘naan’ that usually graces the table. If you don’t like what you have to eat at home, you can order a mince meat or vegetable naan that will fill your tank up quite well.

Be it a crisp, clear day or an evening, there is nothing more comforting than the warm scents of the naan and rotis wafting from the tandoor at the corner. It is guaranteed to make anyone feel hungry.

Bon Appetit!

3 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Well tandoor was equally popular in rural Punjab too … people used to have their own tandoors in houses .. . Anyways in F-8’s madina market there is a Naan Waala … wow their qeemay walay naan are a delight …. and the Roghni Naan of Molan in/arund Pir Sohawa are zabardast tooo but they are 20 rs each now thats too much for just a naan but naans Rock :)


  2. Jaded (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    I didn’t mean to imply that rural Punjab or the other provinces didn’t have tandoors or anything…:-D my last visit to Peshawar kind of inspired me i guess and that’s why i wrote what i did :p


  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 12:52 am

    chalein ji jahan bhi ho humein tu NAAN say matlab hay naa, Naan Walay say nahi :-)



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