How to plan a menu for desi dinner/Pakistani dawat menus

How to plan a menu for desi dawat:::

Pakistani dawat Menu Ideas according to low and high budget:::

Pakistani dawat/dinner requires a lot of work and it is difficult to decide the menu.I have gathered here some easy and yummy recipes from my blog.

Click the name of the dish for recipe. You can select low budget or high budget  menus according to your choice.

Some Low budget Pakistani Menus:::

1st Menu:

Bombay beef Biryani + Shami Kabab + Raita + Salad + chicken spaghetti Pakistani style+ Chicken Karahi + Naan

2nd Menu:

Murgh Musallum+chutney+ raita+salad+Matar Pulao + Aaloo gosht+Naan

3rd Menu:

Nihari + Naan + Vegetable pulao+ Chicken kabab+ Raita + Salad

4th Menu:

Haleem + Naan + Mutton Pulao +

veg raita, salad

5th Menu:

kachay qeemay k Kebab

+Chicken qorma  + Mutton Biryani+

Mayo pasta Salad +raita

6th Menu:

Chicken Malai handi,

Labenese kababbeef biryani, kachumber salad ,Raita

7th Menu:

Waheed k fry Kabab

Pakistan Style foil packet Chiken

Naan or Sheermaal

Dhaaba pulao


Green Chutney with peanuts


8th Menu:

Reesha kabab or Degchi kabab

Mutton Bukhari pulao

Achaari Aaloo


Imli ki chutney


Some high budget Pakistani Menus:::

1st Menu:

Roasted Mutton leg,Sheermal,

Highway chicken Karahi , Marinated boneless Beef biryani, Achari aaloo,

Mayo salad,

kachumber  salad, Raita

2nd Menu:

Matka Mutton Curry

Mutton yukhni pulao,

finger fish,

chicken Karahi,

Naan, salad, raita, chutney

3rd Menu:

Bihari qeema,

Afghani chicken pulao,

Dhuan dahi Baigan,

Fish pie,

Mutton Qorma,

Sheermaal, salad, paratha

4th Menu:

Fried gola kabab,

Mutton Qorma,

Dhaaba Mix Sabzi,

Chicken biryani,

Aaloo bukharay ki chutney,

salad, Raita, Naan

5th Menu:

Mutton Karahi,

Chicken Shashlik,

Veg Fried Rice,

Malai Kofta Curry,

salad, raita, Naan

6th Menu:

Achaari Aaloo,

Foil packet chicken,

Smokey qeema,

Puri paratha,

Imli ki chutney, Raita, salad,

Dhaaba Mutton pulao,

7th Menu:

Mutton paya,

Spicy Fried fish,

Chicken karahi,

Bagharay rice,


green chutney,

Ketchup,lemon and hara masala for serving

Pakistani Dessert menu choices

For many people dessert is the highlight of the desi dinner party. The great thing about desserts is that most can be made a day before. Do keep healthier options like deserts with  fruits if possible.

Famous Pakistani desert choices for Dawat/Dinner party  are:::

Sheer khurma

Khoobani ka meetha

Seven layered trifle cups

Badami Kheer

Brownie trifle

Check out recipes of some Quick deserts/ sweet dishes below:

Eggless Chocolate Moouse

Eggless Churros

Khoya Siwayaan

Shahi Tukray

Rus Malai

Fruity custard

Suji halwa

Chocolate Cakes in sandwich maker

Peanut butter truffles

Quick Chocolate chip Muffins

Fruit cream delight

Carpet pudding 

Moist Chocolate blender cake

One bowl chewy coco brownies

Egg halwa

My specialities and guest’s favorite dishes::

Here are my all time hit pakistani style dawat recipes that I make in most get together parties or in  dawat and the guests always love them a lot. First of all my famous salad recipe which the guests always prefer to have and the kids also like this healthy salad…

Mayo pasta salad with fruits,nuts and veggies


Chicken biryani


Mutton biryani


Marinated boneless Beef biryani


Beef bong pulao

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Chicken Karahi


Karahi gosht


Quick Boneless beef Bhuna gosht


Mutton karahi

Spicy fried fish


Mutton paya


Chaat Masala dum Chicken

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Kabab recipes:::

Kachay qeemay Kay kabab


Reesha kabab or smokey degchi kabab

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BBQ recipes::

Authentic Bihari kabab


Beef boti kabab

Seekh kabab

If you have to cook in large quantity and confused or worried about the measurements of ingredients.Do check out here.I have a category on my blog for cooking in bulk for dinner parties.

Get together/dawat recipes for 20 to 40 persons



18 Comments Add yours

  1. K.T. Lynn says:

    You certainly are an amazing hostess! I would love to attend a party of yours 😛 This post made me hungry! 🙂 Perfect advice…”Know thy guests.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. afreenzia says:

      Thanks and welcome dear.


  2. Adiba Anwar says:

    You have a great sense of planning a party. I mostly start with two dishes and ends up with a lot of and gets tired.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Muslim Mummy says:

    I tend to avoid things like this…as people always have to comment on the food and make judgements. Plus not a fan of cooking so much! But some great tips here.


  4. bushrazblogs says:

    My god, I had no idea that hosting a party involves so much work…. Great article…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I have never been to a Pakistani dinner party but I enjoyed your post particularly the tips about thinking of the children. #Muslimahbloggers


  6. lubnakarim06 says:

    This is one useful post and I am making points from it…I should keep this post in reference from now on…planning is always important when you are hosting a party…love your choice of recipes under low and high budget….

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Zainab Dokrat says:

    This is such a cute post! Lol stress free dawat for desis seems impossible. But plan ahead and prep as much as possible before the day of the dawat.


  8. Muslimah92 says:

    Mashallah!! This plan is genius!!! I love the prep that went into it this hard task. Great job!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Martinbob says:

    Hi All im rookie here. Good post! Thx! Thx!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. khunsha zia ahmed says:

      Nice post,Thanks for sharing…


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