The Food Chain

I was at my village to attend wedding of my cousin. I was a traditional and simple affair. More on it some other time.

My younger brother runs a small business named ‘The Food Chain’ in Lahore. It caters for small to medium gatherings and serves traditional food. We decided to handle the wedding ourselves. The cook was brought from Lahore along with tools, spices etc. We set up the cooking station in an empty plot of land:


A little closer view:


The round pots you see in the background are called ‘Degs’ and are used to cook large quantities of food. Typically, rice, biryani, chicken quorma, mutton quorma etc is cooked in a Deg. Interestingly, the food also gets a characteristic taste and we can always tell if something is cooked in a deg or otherwise.

The streamed chicken was prepared in another type of big pot:


Little pressure is applied by putting some bricks on the lid. How about that for a pressure cooker?

Pink Kashmiri tea was also prepared which we take after the meal:


All cooking was done on wood fire:


And finally, the cook:


Hope you enjoy a bit of culinary culture.

All shots taken with Fuji X-E! and Zeiss 21/4.5 lens.

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8 comments on “The Food Chain
  1. Iksa says:

    I love food cooked with wood fire, they taste different.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks. In this style of cooking, wood fire, slow heat, large cooker and hence some low pressure steam play a role in bringing out the distinct taste.

  2. andykidd says:

    Thanks for this insight into tasty Pakistani food

  3. Vicki says:

    Great photos (as always), but I love the sharp focus. Nice contrast in the B & W images from that camera & lens too. Is that the new one (I can’t remember)?

    I love seeing how you live and cook and your village surroundings – the internet’s such a great way to share images of each other’s country & culture.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks Vicki. Yes, the photos were taken with the new Zeiss 21/4.5 lens. Sharpness and contrast are due to the lens. Some post processing has also helped.

      I am glad you enjoy the photos.

  4. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Great photos! And it looks like a wonderful meal!

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