Originating from rural areas these traditional street snacks of Pakistan are no doubt a significant part of our culture. Over the years they have earned popularity in cities too. They are affordable and one can never go wrong with them ever!!!
Despite the advent of all international fast food chains; burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza and such, our desi roadside snacks are still serving us with pride. Yes the traditional snacks carts and vendors by the roadside, streets, at signals and outside schools are still in business. They are very cheap, carrying a tinge of typical rural Pakistani taste, yet healthy. Most most importantly they are a part of our culture and heritage.
Most of these snacks are prepared, cooked, sold from an average 8x8 push carts often very beautifully and ethnically decorated. Since they don’t have freezers or storage, their goods are to be sold every day and fresh goods appear every morning. The cart owners push them to different locations throughout the day depending on where there are possibilities of good business. Talking to some of these vendors, it appear that their family at home help them as well in cooking, organizing, some basic preparations and help set up their carts. Most of them hail from rural areas, and earn anywhere from Rupees 300-500 a day.
Blog and Photographs by: Farah S. Kamal