It would be wrong to let the single beverage most dear to the heart of Pakistan be missed from this food guide. Let alone its status as a beverage, it is so popular that this tea might even be worth considering as a national heritage of Pakistan. Our favourite pastime, together with cricket.

It is deemed one of the keys to happiness for the average Pakistani. The mean intake per day is often 5-6 glorious cups of this milk-only hot black tea, if taken by conservative estimates. Sipping at the first light of dawn, or enjoying after a second (or third) dinner at the stroke of midnight, it is always the right time for duud patti. The cardamom-infused version is another dainty.

For Pakistani society, it brings people together over the proverbial “let’s have a drink”. It also shows though, just how important tea is in Pakistan – and with good reason. The satisfaction that rests in each warm slurp is blissful.