Karachi Kings- The Spice Badshahs of HBL PSL

By Amina Mazhar

The city of lights, Shehr-e-Quaid and Spice Badshahs;  these are just the few of the titles that have been attributed to Karachi and rightly so. No doubt the city of Dilon ke Badshah, the Karachi Kings is a special one. Karachi and cricket go back to the times of partition when the city was considered one of the cricket centers of Pakistan. The city gave Pakistani cricket some exceptional players; the likes of Hanif Mohammad, who is the first Pakistani Batsman to score a triple century. They also have great players like Danish Kaneria, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Sami representing the city

Karachi Kings

The Karachi Kings are all set to enter PSL and win it with a formidable line up of players that includes Captain Shoaib Malik, Shakib ul Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons (WI), Mohammad Aamir, Bilawal Bhatti, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmad, Nauman Anwar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza, Saifullah Bangash,Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shahzaib Hassan and Fawad Alam.

Mazar-e-Quaid-shakeel's buzz
Mazar e Quaid, Source: Shakeel’s Buzz

Karachi walay take their cricket seriously.With almost every street of the city with its own cricket team and the late night intra city matches that continue till dawn breaks out, after all it is the city of lights, a city that never sleeps. With beautiful beaches, nearby islands and an ever energetic vibe that never wavers no matter how grave the situation becomes. Karachi really does  justice to that title.

sajjad-restaurant-dining- Kfoods
Source: Kfoods

When it comes to food, there is one food item that is dear to almost every Pakistani, yes you guessed it right, it’s BIRYANI! And everyone knows where to get the best biryani in Pakistan, you got it right again, Karachi. You won’t quite like the Biryani from any other cit, if you have had it from Karachi.

Same goes for the Karachi Kings, If you see these guys play it seems kind of hard to imagine any other city taking the winning title (not that we are taking any sides). Incidentally, it turns out that players from other leagues like Shahid Afridi, Kamran and Umar Akmal  are also fans of Biryani.

Bun Kebabs, Source: Streetfood Karachi
Bun Kebabs, Source: Streetfood Karachi

Karachi-ites take spice seriously, after all the city is the pioneer of the paratha rolls and the very famous bun kebabs. Whether it’s the buttery fry kebab or the scrumptious Nihari sprinkled with a generous topping of ginger and coriander. Karachi knows how to do justice to spicy food.

The Burns Road in Karachi is one of the oldest food streets in Pakistan and also claims to have the best barbeque in Pakistan, sizzling, spicy and tender Reshmi Kebabs, Malai Boti and Seekh kebabs, we wonder what the Lahoris have to say about that?

Fish-Fry-at-Burns-Road-karachi- Rewaj
Burns Road, Source: Rewaj

But there is one thing that sets the food in Karachi apart from all other cities and that is the seafood. The only city that has beautifully developed beaches and seafood joints which offer fresh prawns, crabs and a variety of fish.

Prawns- Unique Pakistan
Source: Unique Pakistan

They even have seafood versions of their star food item Biryani e.g prawn Biryani and it’s no less delicious than mutton or chicken Biryani.

Karachi really is a king when it comes to positive energy and spicy food. Let’s see if the Karachi Kings can bring some of that spice on to the cricket ground!

Amina Mazhar

Ever since I was a kid, eating has been a hobby. Once I grew up, I started stepping into the kitchen more often. Although I love to cook everything but baking is something I am very passionate about. Its my therapy and it definitely takes me to my happy place. Ofcourse, this hobby of mine also caters to my hyper sweet tooth as well, which is an added bonus. Because baking is something that I have learnt from my mother so it has a very emotional value for me. Since times immemorial I have seen my mom experiment with baking in the kitchen, I like to believe she has passed that skill on to me as well (I know i can never surpass her awesomeness).