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A Guide To Traditional Pakistani Hot Peppers And Hot Sauces

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A Guide To Traditional Pakistani Hot Peppers And Hot Sauces

Published: April 29, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
Contributor: HotSauceSurvey

Pakistani flavored cuisines have become more popular with each passing year. Always remembered as flavorful and spicy without sacrificing the much loved lip-numbing zap to dishes.

If your life requires more spice and heartwarming (this can be taken literally) flavor then the following information about Pakistani Hot Peppers, Traditional Pakistani Hot Sauces, and different aspects to regional foods within Pakistan will help you find a potential new favorite fix.

Traditional Pakistani Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers are almost a requirement in Traditional Pakistani Cuisine. Without these Hot Peppers, Pakistani food would be tasteless and colorless by comparison. Here is what you need to know about popular Pakistani Hot Peppers.

Dundicut Peppers

This pepper is not only very hot but is also the national pepper of Pakistan! It has a small rounded shape and is Red to Dark red when dried. It is mostly found in dried form and commonly has a Bitter taste (no, don’t taste it). This pepper alone is enough to enhance the flavors of traditional cuisines as well as complement dishes that have a Sweet taste (to offset the bitterness of the pepper itself).

It is highly recommended to sprinkle Dundicut Pepper powder on all types of food before serving or mixed within a marinade for use when grilling. It will greatly enhance the flavor of these foods.

Dried Red Chiles

Chiles, which can be both red or green, are commonly found in Pakastani Foods. Although the term Chile might be a bit generic for some it’s a widely used term within Pakastani homes and the second-largest Chile Market in Asia located in Kunri. These “Generic” chiles commonly include the Guntur Sannam family of Peppers.

Using Dried Chiles not only adds crucial heat and flavor that is the essence of almost all traditional cuisines of Pakistan. Whether you’re enjoying curries, vegetables, meats, and chutneys these humble Dried Chili can be found within almost every meal either as a Seasoning or garnishing.

Bell Peppers

With a non-pungent and little bit sweet taste, you’ll commonly find the Bell Pepper in traditional Pakastani Cooking. I know, although the Bell Pepper has zero heat it is a delicious beauty. These peppers are commonly red, green, yellow, and orange. Not only do these heat-free beauties add taste to various foods including a traditional Biryani or Lentil Dish, but are also great for stuffing. Yes! Stuff meat, chicken, or vegetable, bake it, cook it, and enjoy the delicious results.

Hot Sauces

If you search for delicious moments when your nose starts sniffling while your lips start tingling, we know you like your hot sauces. Every Chili Head has a passion for finding foods that use uniquely, and sometimes heavily, spiced. But just in case, adding a touch of a great Hot Sauce can make a world of difference.

Whether you are about to amp up a recipe or want to enjoy new and unique ingredients these common Pakastani Hot Sauces are a sure fiery kick to any recipe. Here's what you need to know about hot Pakistani sauces.

Chili Garlic Sauce

Something in between sweet and sour, this sauce is chunkier, spicier, and has a flavor profile of garlic. It commonly contains salt, white vinegar, garlic, and chili peppers. The quantity of sugar is usually minimal to preserve Sour and spicy flavors. The recommended dosage is a dollop (a dab just won’t do). Goes great with potato wedges or even a bowl of noodles.

Tamarind Sauce

Satisfy your taste buds with the sour and spicy Tamarind sauce. Tamarind sauce is a delectable and is a very satisfying dressing. Great combine it with your favorite traditional foods. It is thick in consistency and contains a bit of ginger-garlic paste, white vinegar, and red pepper. Elevate the taste of pakoras (a popular fried snack) with the addition of this versatile sauce.

Food Culture in Pakistani Cities

Food is an important part of Pakistani culture. You will commonly see eateries have a full menu till midnight. Pakistani cuisine is called a “bread culture” because of the use of bread (roti/naan) to scoop their meals - especially Curry.

Every city in Pakistan has its traditional food which they are known for. For example, Lahore is famous for its karahi (chicken/mutton Curry with a thick sauce that has a lot of spices). The consideration of unique regional cuisine is not only for cities but also for villages as well.


Karachi is known for having the best food culture in Pakistan. You will find all traditional dishes here but with unique customizations specific to Restaurants and Cafes. The simple act of adding smart subtle twists to common Pakastani recipes has helped make Karachi one of the food centers of Pakistani. Karachiites are famous for eating spicy food where some small restaurants are known to make only one particular dish due to its quality and popularity.

You’ll see Chile Oil being used to cook beef or chicken mixed with the likes of Garlic, Ginger, Tumeric, Masala, Lemon, Fried Onions, and Mint!

The food culture in Karachi is more of a dine-out crowd. You’ll see small restaurants preparing and cooking mouth-watering meals for an endless stream of hungry Karachiites well into the night.

Karachi is known for;

Biryani: Rice dish that commonly contains Meat, Nuts, Dried Fruits, and Potatoes.

Nihari: Slow-Cooked Meat Stew served with Bread or Rice.

Haleem: Type of Stew that commonly contains Wheat, Barley, Lentils, and Meat.


As Pakistans’ second-largest city, Lahore is the place in Pakistan to find food that everyone talks about. Lahore is known as the food hub of Pakistan. It’s restaurants and street markets are second to none when it comes to Authentic Pakistani Cuisine.

The same culture of street food like Karachi is observed in Lahore. This famous city is very well known for;

Nihari: Slow-Cooked Meat Stew served with Bread or Rice.

Murgh Cholay: Chickpeas with meat.

Lassi: Popular beverage with Yoghurt, Water, Spices, and sometimes Fruit.

Gol Gappay: A Ball Shaped Fried Snack that can contain Onion, Chick Peas, Potato, Chaat Masala, Chutney, and… Hot Peppers! (naturally)


Recognized as Pakistan’s only high altitude city, Quetta rests in the northern part of the country at an average elevation of 5,510 feet (or 1,680 meters). It is a beautiful city known for its Fruit & Nut Orchards.

Some traditional foods you have to try in Quetta are;

Sajji: Whole Chicken or Lamb Roasted Over Coals.

Khadi Kebab: Minced Meat Molded on Screws and - sometimes - Cooked Underground in a Hole!


These are many more traditional Pakastani Hot Peppers, Ingredients, Hot Sauces, and Recipes throughout Pakistan. If these examples are making your mouth Water then a simple solution might be to experience Pakastani Food for yourself.

Pakistani Cuisine not only offers a uniqueness across all of it's regions but after savoring its flavor’s most chili heads can often cry for more.

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