Aj Ka Nashta:


I had a heavy breakfast today. Some of you might call me mad because of the choice and the combination of it.
Chaye Paratha is a very popular breakfast in our part of the world. I particularly like having Chaye Paratha at a Pathan hotel. I do realize that they use churrbi *concentrated fat* to prepare the Paratha, but I swear its delicious. Pathan kay haath mein jaado hai. They make the finest chaye *its amazing how they manage to make such tea because of the number of times they use the same puttee (like over & over again)*. The Paratha is so oily that you have to use a piece of newspaper to lower its fat content. This particular paratha place is just in front of the Bait-ul Muqarram Masjid in Block 16 Gulshan-e-Iqbal. 


Paratha: 6 Rs (10 cents)
Chaye: 4 Rs  (less than 7 cents)
Experience: Fulfilling 


I had some space left in my paitt-ee when I decided to have a
doodh-ki-botal (sweetened milk)
at a Nagori Milk Shop located just next to
the Quetta hotel.
Price: 16 Rs.
My nashta today was a testimony to the fact that everything good doesn’t
have to be expensive.

28 Comments so far

  1. Saira (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    GOOD LORD !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mariam (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    Do they deliver to over seas ;).

  3. Wahidi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    i used to have chai parathas at “hotels” myself b4 i came abroad…..but noticing 3 flies an inch away from that paratha in the pic…..i somewhat feel disgusted…..
    i guess coming abroad does change a few things….but not the delicious breakfast….
    so instead ill have doodh patti parathha ordered home when i fly to Karachi next week:)….

  4. MB (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Excellent post IllusionFS. Absolutely right when you say “My nashta today was a testimony to the fact that everything good doesn’t have to be expensive “. But that may only be true for “khana peena” only.

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    Mariam: you wish :P

    Wahidi: wait till u see a post on Gunnay-ka-russ. lol. yes Karachi has a lot of flies, almost all portable food places have this issue. So what you do is you use one hand to stop the bees/flies from sitting on your food and you eat with your other hand. good exercise lol.

    mb: thanks bros.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    yeh paratha kam aur taftan zyda lagraha hay,itna mota paratha meyne kahin nahi dekha.Where is omelette??You chai is not a doodh patti,am I right?

    waqi Pathan kay haath mein jaado hai wo Begum k haath mey kahan

    Can you tell the exact location of this pathan shop?plus anyone would like to share some very good pathan shop for Anda paratha breakfast?

    last but not least,a very good post.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    OOps i didnt read last lines.Yes i did enjoy tea at that particular shop but not paratha.Thanks

  8. Zag (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    Now i’ll have to try this hotel….. btw, you should also try the pathan dhaba in front of old sabzi mandi, they also serve a delicious chai paratha…

  9. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Adnan: It wasnt as thick as it looks. Chaye was not doodh patti. I wasnt in the mood for an omelette.

    Zag: If you refering to the guys who also surve Chanas, I have tried them and they are absolutely delicious.

  10. Wahidi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    I used to have my doodh patti and paratha at the halwa puri place right across Tusso…Bahadurabad….there are 2 or 3 there as far as i can remember…and all of them are great!….Used to go there atleast once every 2 weeks….and everyday during the exams:P…..miss dose days!

  11. Alz (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    I miss my chai paratha :( vo bhe commecs kai paass dhabai per ..

  12. Zain (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    oh man.. delicious… love the parathas…. uff mouth watering..

  13. mansoor (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

    mmmm! yummy!!

    oh, by the way… chai paratha doesnt only have to be breakfast ;) it can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner snack as well :D as i do usually when im sitting out with friends after work !

    even then! its just as delicious!

    and yes.. pathan kay haath mein waqai jadoo hai

  14. iblees (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    probably the best post on this blog! ;-)

  15. anwar (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    Any volunteers for posting paratha recipes or I have to contact Khan sahib directly.

    This post brought smile and some drooling to my face.

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    Speaking of parathas,did any of you ever try Haji Mehfooz Sheermal ‘s different types of parathas like aloo bhara,qeema bhara?I am yet unfortunate to try one.

  17. Fakhr (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    yummm yummm … hmmmm ….. great way to start a day! but after eating this i will probably go back to sleep!

  18. yo yo (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    Yeah man…and fun part with the paratha is usually the newspaper under it. We used to get many with half naked pics of B rated actresses…hehehehe..
    Umm maybe it was the marketing strategy of Mr Bashir the owner of the Dhaba.

  19. Dee (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    Sigh: I wish we have teleportation device so i can scoop the paratha out of your site.Desi food(especially street food) is really pathetic overhere in North America.God as soon as i am going to land in karachi next stop will be all street vendors.who cares if there are flies i can live with it.Enjoy! you lucky paratha monsters.

  20. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    The only paratha we can have it here in North America is Shan’s frozen paratha (which is not comparatively good at all), we miss Khi’s halwa poori and parathas at breakfast very much.

  21. danny (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 12:10 am

    Nice post. Now we need another post that can be used as testimony to the fact that everything good doesn’t have to be bad for your health! :)

    As much as I would like to, I can’t partake in a nashta like this as I would have a heart attack immediately — too much cholesterol in the paratha!!

  22. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    Danny: I know people who eat twice/thrice as much cholestrol in their breakfast, and they are 80+ healthy as ever :). If we can eat cheeselover at pizza hut, we can certainly eat our own desi food.

  23. virk (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    If you live in Dallas/Houston TX area stop by BBQ in Dallas for breakfast you will forget all other breakfasts, especially on weekends they have 60 plus item in their breakfast buffet including parathas amd halwa puri

  24. Concerned (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    I just realised that nearly every one visiting this blog is out of karachi. Can some one please hold some sort of census to figure out who actually is living in karachi at the moment. I guess all of us miss home but still we venture out. I dont know why i did tht? does anyone?

    And hey really good post.

  25. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

    Yah Concerned!! you are right, bcoz mostly there is no electricity in Khi, how ppl will access the internet :(

  26. danny (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 1:58 am

    @IllusionFS: Who said I have cheeselover’s pizza? wish I could — anything dairy-based is forbidden for me :(

    In case you misunderstood me, I don’t have anything against desi food .. believe me…here in the U.S., I pine for it, but health is wealth!

  27. striker (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 5:51 am

    ahhhh i can still recall the taste of that
    dhood ki botal .. dying to have a sip again

  28. Salman (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 5:42 am

    kia parathay hain bhi life main 1st time itay sehat mand parathay daikhain hain lolz….

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