As someone of North Indian descent (my Dad was born in Peshawar), I think that North Indian food, primarily Mughlai and Punjabi food, pretty much covers Pakistani food as well. There is a great degree of variation in dishes across the subcontinent, and a hundred ways of cooking a biryani, but the basic culinary spectrum of North Indian and Pakistani food is the same. You forget that before 1947 we were one and the same country. And until our idiotic so-called leaders took their fights to a new level, there was a high degree of culinary cross-pollination between India and Pakistan. And whats more, there are over 100 million Muslims in India, a large percentage of who share the same culinary history as Muslims in Pakistan, and lets not forget the cross-pollination that occured as the Indian and Pakistani diaspora found that they have both culture and food in common.
Indian food is very very diverse, because the cuisine of the South is diametrically different from that of Northern India. And the extreme geographic and climactic differences in India account for much of that diversity. But, as far as Pakistani meat and barbecue dishes go, I can assure you, KHI747, that restaurants in Delhi and Bombay, which tend to be as cosmopolitan as you will get anywhere in the world, will offer you virtually every kebab dish available anywhere in Pakistan. The only dish I've had in Pakistan, that I've never had in India was an okra dish with meat. But then last year, I had the same thing in a restaurant named Khyber in Bombay. Whats more, contrary to what is thought in Pakistan, India is not primarily Vegetarian. When I visited Pakistan in 1992, I did see a greater use of meat in Pakistani food, even in Vegetable dishes like daals, and eggplant bhartas, and that is one major difference.
As far as Indian food in America is concerned, I agree that it is its own thing. In many cases, it tastes like ketchup with curry powder. Pretty nasty stuff !
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