Food is something all Pakistanis are passionate about. Yes, we love it and are not willing to compromise on it. Think about the times you have seen people criticising food because it was not perfect. We bet the answer will be ‘many’! Whether it is the big Barat day or the desi mehndi function, people remember your wedding for the delightful and delectable food you offered.

We at Shadi Tayari have prepared some tips and ideas for you to better plan for your Barat menu. Let us take a look at each of them separately:

Some Tips to Decide Barat Menu

  • Plan How Much You Want to Spend


The very first thing to think about is the budget. If you have a limited budget, the best course of action to take is to go for quality rather than quantity. Make sure you have researched all the details in advance. This will give you a clear idea of where you stand.

  • Write Everything Down


From the number of serving waiters to the number of people coming to your Barat, make sure you write down each and every detail. This will keep your mind clear and let you focus. You can then proceed towards accomplishing these tasks.

  • Cook Your Own Food or Cater


Decide whether you want to cook on your own or hire a catering service. While cooking your own food will save you money and give a personal touch to the Barat menu, this means that you will have no help from professionals. You won’t get any professional help.

Hiring a catering service will take the burden of preparing food and arranging utensils etc. off your shoulders. However, it can be quite expensive. Make sure you have pondered over both options before finally deciding.

  • Keep the Menu Diversified


Not only is there a huge generation gap in Pakistani society, there is also a big difference in the taste buds across different generations. If you are serving prawns and Chinese for the millennials, make sure you also have Karhai and Naan for the middle aged.

Moreover, make sure that you have special arrangements for people suffering from dietary conditions. For example, have something sugar-free for dessert for your guests who have Diabetes.

  • Plan Ahead to Ensure That the Food Remains Warm


Keeping the food warm at all times during the ceremony is very important. Make sure you have talked to your caterers about this beforehand. They will surely make arrangements for burners that will ensure that your guests get warm and delicious food. You can also rent burners if you have decided to cook by yourself.

  • Choose Between American Service or Buffet Style


How do you want the food to be served? American service system is sophisticated. The plates and food is delivered to your guests by waiters. Although it can be more convenient for guests, it will require a lot of servers which will increase costs.

The Buffet style does not require waiters as the guests serve themselves. It allows flexibility as the guests can take portions of food according to their appetites.

Ideas for Barat Menu

Here are some ideas for your Barat menu:

Options in Pakistani Cuisine

Starters – NonVegetarian

  • Chicken Tikka
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Lamb Chops
  • Boti Kebab
  • Lamb Samosa
  • Fish Pakora

Starters – Vegetarian

  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Papadi Chaat
  • Paneer Tikka
  • Paneer Shashlik
  • Chilli Paneer

Main Course – Non-Vegetarian

  • Kadhai Chicken
  • Murgh Makhani
  • Handi Gosht
  • Karhai Lamb
  • Lamb Roganjosh

Main Course – Vegetarian

  • Channa Masala
  • Daal Makhani
  • Rajmah
  • Aloo Gobi
  • Palak Paneer
  • Saag Aloo
  • Vegetable Makhani


  • Chicken Biryani
  • Chicken Pulao
  • Lamb Biryani
  • Mutter and Jeera Pulao
  • Plain Rice


  • Mixed Raita
  • Cucumber Raita
  • Dahi Bhalle
  • Dahi Vada


  • Mixed Salad
  • Assorted Green Salad


  • Plain Naan
  • Rogini Naan
  • Tandoori Paratha
  • Tandoori Roti


  • Rasmalai
  • Gajar Halwa
  • Kheer
  • Zarda
  • Ice cream


  • Penne
  • Spaghetti
  • Bow


  • Cheese Cakes
  • Brownie with Chocolate Sauce
  • Gateaux
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit Platter

We at Shadi Tayari hope that you have a wonderful Baraat Ceremony. For more amazing ideas, visit our website or call us.

 About Shadi Tayari

We at Shadi Tayari love weddings and all aspects related to it. Our goal is to help you plan the perfect wedding – the wedding that will speak volumes about your personality. Our creative team has got all the amazing ideas for you. From catering to venues, we make sure that we provide wedding suppliers who deliver on time and on the budget. Making hundreds of weddings successful, Shadi Tayari is the ultimate Shadi solution in Pakistan.

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