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July 22, 2017

Tawa Chicken Recipe – Special Traditional Dish of Lahore

Tawa Chicken

As we have been following the trail of some of the most fabulous cultural fiestas and foods of this magnificent cultural capital of Pakistan, called Lahore, we bring to you yet another find that I am sure very few of us folks know. I am going to be reviewing this amazing, life-saver LARGE, delicious Tawa Chicken that Saad (my host) treated me to while we were out doing touristy stuff in Lahore trying to explore the hidden food delights in the old city. If you are in Lahore on a visit or you live here, but admittedly do not know where to find good, sumptuous BBQ delights on a road side Dhabba, ARIF CHATKHARA HOUSE is definitely one place you have to try.

Arif Chakhara-Heera Mandi, Lahore.

As we all know Lahore’s Wall City is a haven for delicious food and food lovers. We decided to go have lunch at our personal favorite restaurant Arif Chatkhara which is behind the new Food Street. Their famous delicacy is of course Tawa Chicken. They also serve one of the best Masala Special Daal made up of butter, eggs and amazing daal! It’s a winner in all ways! The Tawa Chicken was great. Moist and full of spices, it tasted perfect. They serve thin ultay taway ki roti with the chicken and it’s a delight.

Tawa Chicken Lahore pic

This Tawa Chicken is one of the BEST I have ever had because the chicken was marinated to perfection. The meat quality was par excellence. The bbq masala was amazing, tangy flavor which added to the whole dish and made it truly out of this world. The SIZE Needless to say, of course. This beats all the Tawa Chickens’ in Lahore.

One thing that I did miss in this Tawa Chicken was the chilli sause that our desi Tawa Chicken walas put. Hmm, and well it’s not a fancy restaurant, it’s more like a take-away with five or six tables and chairs.

That said, I will definitely be going back to this place again and trying out the rest of the stuff on their menu. If you are in Lahore and looking for a good eating out, Arif Chatkhara is THE  place to go to.

Oh, and the woner is really friendly!! He made us feel at home, chatting up with us and ALSO served us with a really delicious complimentary Mint Tea with Cinammon Stick in it.

Tawa Chicken Recipe


*        Chicken ½ kg (tikka sized)

*        Yogurt ¼ cup

*        Red chilli powder 1 tsp

*        Black pepper power ½ tsp

*        Salt to taste

*        Oil ¼ cup

*        Onion 1 (ringed)

*        Green chillies 4-6 (slicked)

Cooking Directions

  1. Marinade chicken with yogurt, red chili powder, black pepper powder and salt. Rest for half an hour.
  2. Heat oil on tawa.
  3. Transfer marinated chicken on tawa.
  4. Cover and cook on slow flame until half chicken tender.
  5. Now shift onion and green chilies in chicken, mix and cock again until chicken is completely done.
  6. Fry on medium heat until it gets a brownish color.
  7. Garnish with green chilies and serve.

Bagh-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground Lahore – Historical Overview

Bagh-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground Lahore

The city of Lahore and its environs reflect a continuity that is rich in all kinds of heritage; be it architectural, social or even political. Ever the main city of most rulers of the times, it has places whose mere recall warms the hearts of the locals as well as the temporary guests that visit, initially known as “The Heart of the Sub-Continent”, and now of Pakistan.

But while the city takes pride in its architectural splendor through the mosques, minarets, mausoleums, ancient gardens and the Fort, it is no less proud of a sporting arena that even today, is a manifestation of all the splendor, the glory and traditional grandeur of its rulers of the past; the English, who created it and frequented to partake the enjoyment of a sport they introduced in the sub-continent; cricket. As one goes down memory lane, one realizes that the history of this ‘playing field’ reflects the introduction of the game of cricket to this part of the subcontinent and also witnessed its glorious periods; becoming a Test center and then, to its mortification, seeing itself shorn of that honor. Cricket is still played here, and even though Rudyard Kipling wrote that ‘East is East and West is West and the twain shall never meet’, the mere continuity of cricket being played here, endorses otherwise.

Bagh e Jinnah Cricket Ground pic

In due course of time, it became a fad with Oxon and Cantab civil servants to evince interest in cricket and discuss its finer points at social functions. By the by, natives of means and stature joined the English elite, to don white flannels and luxuriate in the surroundings found only at the Gymkhana ground. Even after independence, the pavilion still reflects that splendor of yore, reminding one and all of some elegant English country club pavilion, in the splendorous setting of Lawrence Garden (now Bagh-e-Jinnah), with Montogomery and Lawrence Halls overlooking the artistically laid-out garden and lush-green plots in the North.

The game of cricket in those days was patronized by rulers of Indian States. The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir like his counterpart, of Patiala, had regular fixtures against Lahore Gymkhana, Punjab XI and other teams.

The ground hosted the first unofficial Test, against West Indies, from Nov 27 through to Nov 30, 1948, recording a draw. Pakistan won its first test here in 1955, beating New Zealand. Presently, it plays host to limited overs contests, besides 3-day festival matches and regular Lahore Gymkhana matches against different clubs.

The group photographers of years gone by, hung here in the pavilion bear testimony to the fact that cricket began to be played here in 1880. History has its evidence that the British rulers of those days, busy consolidating their Empire as they were, worked six days a week, taking the day off only when there was a cricket match – for the majority of cricketers were their own masters. This had to be. For long before the English bid ‘adieu’ to the Sub-continent, they needed a pastime that made them feel at home. And the game of cricket, being very ‘English’, was one sporting discipline that allowed them that luxury. Most government officers at Lahore along with some native civil servants, shared the fruits of the glorious days of regal pomp and show of the rulers of they day, lending beauty and grandeur to the games played at the Gymkhana.

Industries of Sialkot | Leather, Surgical Instruments & Sports

Industries of Sialkot
Sports Good Industry
The city of Sialkot has been a centere of excellence for the production of sports goods for more than 100 years. The first record of manufacturing of sports goods in Sialkot can be traced back to 1883 with the products such as cricket bats, hockey sticks, polo sticks etc. today the sports goods sector of Sialkot is at its climax as it ahs acquired an important place in international trade of sports goods.
Presently the sports goods industry of Sialkot is supplying products to almost every country of the world. the products are mostly made for international markets and have received word-wide recognition because of the quality that goes into the selection of raw material, design, manufacturing processes and delivery to the customers.
Leather products of Sialkot
Leather garments sector is an important foreign exchange earner for the country. This sector is mainly scattered in two cities namely Sialkot and Karachi. In Sialkot approximately 12000 people are directly employed by the sector. The leather garments entrepreneurs of Sialkot enjoy a distinctive edge over their counterparts in Karachi mainly due to expertise and skills they assimilated from the export culture of the city.
Immaculate products of contemporary designs are crafted by using very good leathers. In addition, the skills of the craftsmen impart an insurmountable competitive edge to the products unmatched by Pakistan’s competitors.

Sialkot Industries

Sialkot Industries

Surgical instruments
Surgical instruments sector is a very important sector of Sialkot. This sector is also amongst the seven priority sectors (under light-engineering head). The success in surgical instruments sector lies due to the technical expertise and skills of the people of Sialkot in mechanical engineering. In all the prominent hospitals of the world, the surgical instruments are being used. Almost 80000 workforce is employed in this sector.

Languages Spoken in Multan | Multan Pakistan

Languages Spoken in Multan
Majority of Multan’s population is Muslim but there are some remnants of Sikh and Hindu communities in the district. Following is the breakdown of Multan’s population by language spoken;

  • Multani is spoken by 52 % people in Multan
  • Punjabi is spoken by almost 25 % people of district
  • Haryanvi, which is mixture of Punjabi and Urdu is spoken by 18% people
  • Urdu is also spoken by minority of people

Multan Government Educational Institutes Statistics | Multan Pakistan

Multan Education institutes of Government
Following table shows the total number of Govt. schools in District Multan along with number of mosques. You can also find the number of degree colleges, post graduate colleges and inter colleges.
School/Colleges Male Female Total












MC Primary







Middle School




MC Middle












Higher Secondary




Inter College








Post Graduate




Home Economics



 Total 933 929  1862

Multan Geography | City District Government Towns of Multan

Multan Geography
Here are some interesting facts about the geography of Multan;

  • Total area of Multan is 3721 square kilometer
  • Elevation of Multan is 400 feet above sea level
  • Nearest major cities from Multan are Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Muzaffargarh
  • Multan is the third largest city of Pakistan by area
  • Multan is the fifth largest city of Pakistan by population
  • Geographically it is located in the center of country

Multan City District Government Towns
There are 6 City District Government Towns in Multan;

  1. Shah Rukan Alam Town
  2. Shershah Town
  3. Bosan Town
  4. Musa Pak Shaheed Town
  5. Shujabad Town
  6. Jalalpur Pirwala Town

Faisalabad Geography | City District Government Towns of Faisalabad

Faisalabad Geography
Followings are some important points about the geography of Faisalabad;

  • Total Area of Faisalabad is 58.56 square kilometer
  • It is situated between latitude 30 and 31.5 north, longitude 73 and 74 east
  • Elevation of Faisalabad is 605 feet above sea level
  • Hafizabad and Sheikhupura lie north and northeast of Faisalabad
  • Okara and Sahiwal lies toward east and south-east
  • Faisalabad City is spread over an estimated area of 5856 square kilometer

Faisalabad City District Towns
There are eight towns of City District Faisalabad;

  1. Lyallpur Town
  2. Mandina Town
  3. Jinnah Town
  4. Iqbal Town
  5. Samundri Town
  6. Tandianwala Town
  7. Jaranwala Town
  8. Chak Jhumra Town

Faisalabad Educational Institutes | Universities & Colleges List

Faisalabad Educational Institutes
Faisalabad has literacy rate of almost 40% and there are many quality higher education institutes in the city. Following are the higher educational institutes of Faisalabad;

  • University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Institute of Engineering & Fertilizer Research
  • Institute of Cost and Management Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Government College University, Faisalabad
  • National Textile University
  • University of engineering and technology, Faisalabad
  • University of Faisalabad
  • Government College of Technology
  • Govt College of Commerce
  • Punjab Medical College
  • Virtual University
  • University of Education

Faisalabad Climate & Temperature | Faisalabad Pakistan

Faisalabad Climate
Climate of Faisalabad greatly fluctuate during summer and winter season. Here are some interesting facts about the climate of Faisalabad;

  • Maximum temperature in summer reaches up to 50 C (122 F)
  • Minimum temperature in winter fall below freezing point i.e. O C
  • Mean maximum and minimum temperature in summer are 39 & 27 C
  • Mean maximum and minimum temperature in winter are 21 & 6 C
  • Summer season starts from April and remain till October
  • Hottest months are May, June and July
  • Winter season starts from November and remain till March
  • December, January and February are the coldest months

Faisalabad Population Statistics | Faisalabad Pakistan

Faisalabad Population
Here are some interesting facts about the population of Faisalabad;

  • In 1951 population of city was 2152401
  • In 1998 it was 5429547, hence an increase of 150% in 47 years
  • Population of Faisalabad increased with 3.2% per annum
  • In 1901 population of Faisalabad City was 9171
  • In 1951 population of Faisalabad City jumped to 2009000
  • Total approximately population of Faisalabad City in 2012 is 3547446