Karahi is one of the best of all Pakistani food, and is dear to the hearts of all Pakistanis. You can and Karahis cooking in the smallest roadside shop, or in the Palatial kitchen of a local Rajah. The dish takes its name from the black, iron, scoop-shape pan. Usually a karahi curry is made with goat, but also commonly with chicken or even shrimp. The metal dish can then be its own serving bowl, sizzling hot coming straight to the center of your table.
Most Pakistani karahi recipes start with tomatoes, onions, and some type of animal fat. It’s that tomato broth that gives each Karahi its ultra-umami magic, so full of smokiness, tender chunks of meat, and a whole lot of fat – from the meat, the ghee, and the occasional dollop of cream.
The tools of choice for cooking this dish are a massive pair of pliers to grip the pan, and a metal spatula to move meat around. Every pan is cooked over flaming high heat, and the chef’s motion follows a steady working rhythm – add oil, meat, count to three, stir. More oil, grip the pan to rapidly add spices, move the entire dish to a serving tray, then breathe (chef wipes a dripping brow).
This is an iconic dish of Pakistan, and can be found throughout the country.In Lahore, Butt Karahi is mandatory, and when in Karachi, try the insanely good Shrimp Karahi at the Dua Restaurant, lounging outdoors in a seating area the size of a playing field.