The Peshawar Zalmi Foodie Meetup in Dubai

By Amina Mazhar

Peshawar Zalmis kicked off their stay in Dubai for the PSL last night. Javed Afridi, CEO of Haier Pakistan and owner of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise threw a lavish dinner for the entire team upon their arrival in Dubai.

The Zalmi Squad including Captain Shahid Afridi, Wicket Keeper Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan and the team coach Mohammad Akram among the International team members attended the dinner.

The players were seen greeting each other in the traditional Pakistani style, embracing each other with smiles. This shows the high spirit these players are in.

The Pashtun hospitality was quite obvious with variety of food and sitting arrangement in round tables. Strategy of the upcoming matches and the delicious Pakistani food in front of them were the hot topics of the evening.

Although the dinner was organized in Dubai, the cuisine served at the event was purely Pakistani. Even the international players were seen eating naan with Palak Paneer, Namkeen Chicken and Mutton Tikkas and the Makhni Chicken Handi.

The highlight of the event was definitely the Namkeen Barbeque that everyone lined up to eat served with Naans and rice.


The Zalmis may be away from Peshawar but they took the Pakhtun food culture to Dubai with them!

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).