Lahore Qalandars- The Tarka in HBL PSL

By Amina Mazhar


Lahore boasts a proud history when it comes to cricket. It is safe to say that the city with the title of the Food Capital of Pakistan can also easily be titled the city that produced the greatest Pakistani Cricketers of all time. Did you know that the first official captain of the Pakistani cricket team i.e Abdul Hafeez Kardar was also a Lahori! After Partition from India,  Lahore was one of the cricket centers in Pakistan, Karachi being the second. The first test match team to represent Pakistan had 7 Lahori players.

Lahore Qalandars
Badshahi Mosque, Source: Lahore Jo Ek Shehar Tha
Badshahi Mosque, Source: Lahore Jo Ek Shehar Tha

The Lahore Qalandars are all set to compete in PSL with a star line up of players including Umar Akmal, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Dwayne Bravo, Sohaib Maqsood, Mustafizur Rehman, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport, Zafar Gohar, Hammad Azam, Zia-ul-Haq, Zohaib Khan, Azhar Ali, Naved Yasin, Adnan Rasool,Abdul Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmad, Ehsan Adil, Imran Butt and wait for it Chris Gayle!

Shahi Qilla, Source: Summit Post
Shahi Qilla, Source: Summit Post

You know the famous saying “Jinae Lahore Nai Wekhya, O Jamyai Nai”  (Your existence is nothing if you haven’t been to Lahore). Now isn’t that something? And it was rightly said as well. If you are a Pakistani and you haven’t spent some time exploring the richness of the Lahori culture then you are missing out on a lot.

Gaddafi Stadium, Source: Dost Pakistan
Gaddafi Stadium, Source: Dost Pakistan

Lahoris do everything with utmost passion, cricket and food are no exception, they claim to be the hub of the best food in Pakistan. It is also the city that gave the Pakistani cricket its best players including Imran Khan. Honestly, that is kind of hard to compete with if you ask us. The Anthem of the Lahori Qalandars sums it up in one phrase “Lahore ki kya baat hai”

From the colorful bazaars of the androon Lahore to the Badshahi Mosque and the Shahi Qilla that takes you back to the era of the Mughals. How can we forget to mention the ever famous Gaddafi Stadium, which has been the hub of cricket. Lahore is a complete package for the eyes and the food palate.

Qatlamma, Source: Moz Rauf
Qatlamma, Source: Moz Rauf

When it comes to food, Lahoris know how to do it exactly right! These guys “bleed” food. A true Lahori can talk about food for hours and wouldn’t get bored! It is their territory and they are quite the experts on the subject. Inspired by the true punjabi-ness and the influence of many cultures, ranging from the Mughals to the Nawabs or the infamous Rajputs.

Lahore has an endless variety of food to offer. Ranging from a heavy breakfast of Halwa Puri in the morning to the masal-e-daar Chicken Tikka and Karahi for dinner. Lahoris are the true chatkhore of Pakistan.

Takka Tak, Source: Kamran Ali
Source: Kamran Ali

There is hardly a food item that isn’t available in Lahore. The Anarkali Bazaar developed during the Mughal Era still gives you the feeling of eating among royals with delicacies such as Rabri Doodh, Falooda and Rasmalai; coupled with the elegant architecture of old Lahore.

Gulaab jamun - lahore jo ek shehar tha
Gulaab Jamun, Source: Lahore Jo Ek Shehar Tha

On one side, the city has the old heritage with places like Gari Shao and Gawal Mandi and on the other side the city has adapted to the changes of the 21st century with Korean and Italian authentic cuisine available from high end restaurants. The truest of Lahoris still like their food from the busy streets of old Lahore.

Amratsari Harisa- Lahre jo ek shehar tha
Amritsari Harrisa, Source: Lahore Jo Ek Shehar Tha

The food options in Lahore are by no means limited by the above mentioned items. When it comes to Lahore, there is no place in the city that offers bad food! We like to term it as “All food in Lahore is good food”.

siri paye - Lahore jo ek shehar tha
Siri Paaye, Source: Lahore Jo Ek Shehar Tha

Surely a lifetime isn’t enough to experience everything Lahore has to offer for a foodie. We are sure that just like food, Lahore Qalandars are going to be one tough team to compete with in the tournament, backed up by all that Lahori high-on-calories food!

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).