Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, is enriched with diverse cultures and has a colourful past. When it comes to food, the local cuisine of Karachi sends people on a different trip altogether. Trying to encapsulate the diverse food offered here would be a tough task indeed. But, little did we know that Karachi, a melting pot of cultural infusion, would have a Malabari restaurant serving cuisines from Kerala.
Not many of us know of the history of Malayali migration to Pakistan, before and after India’s Independence. While economic factors forced many Muslim Malayalis to migrate from Malabar to Karachi, it was the crackdown of the Khilafat Movement by the British in 1921 that resulted in many of them fleeing from their homeland. The ‘Mappila Lahala’, also known as the Malabar Rebellion against the British, which was in favour of the Khilafat Movement in South Malabar, led to the first wave of Malayali Muslim migration after the British suppressed the movement.
While scrolling through Reddit, we came across the viral video of a vlogger exploring the Malabari restaurant, located in Karachi’s Wellington Street. Apparently, the place is not only an eating hub for the Malayalis living in the city but also has a fan-following among the locals. While the restaurant serves a variety of dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, it’s well-known for its rice and fish, inspired by Kerala’s local flavours.
Throughout the video, the YouTube vlogger Sameer Khokhar, show us around the small restaurant, and even speaks to frequent visitors about their relationship with the restaurant’s food offerings. We also see him talk to the restaurant worker who is a Malayali immigrant. Take a look at the video below:
So, the next time you take a trip to Karachi, Pakistan, do not forget to check this restaurant over there.