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Traditional Hunza Breakfast Breads

traditional Hunza breakfast breads

Traditional Hunza Breakfast Breads

Hunza breakfast is incomplete without having at latest one of these four Traditional Hunza Breakfast Bread types and the salty tea. Hunza people drink salty tea with ginger and pepper spice. It is a must breakfast drink in Hunza homes with the traditional breakfast bread we make. The Traditional Hunza Breakfast Breads include Hunza Bread, Giyaling, Sheshar, Khamali, and Makai Chapati.

Hunza Bread

The most common bread loved by Hunza people elders and children alike is Fiti or Phiti famous as Hunza Bread.

As a child, I loved eating fiti for every meal. I remember eating it for breakfast, taking a loaf of bread to school and then I used to eat it again after coming back from school. I would even eat it with evening tea at 4 pm and then sometimes for dinner too. Too much bread, right? Yeah, it was my childhood favorite.

hunza bread
Guray Fiti (Wheat Flour Bread)


Giyal is one of the traditional breakfast items which can more like a crepe. Giyaling is coated with a generous amount of oil before serving. The oil we traditionally use is walnut oil, apricot oil, or fresh butter. You can say it is a lavish kind of breakfast you would find in Hunza Cuisine.



Sheshar is a traditional Hunza breakfast bread that is deep-fried and has another famous variation called Arzoq in Gilgit-Baltistan. We cook Sheshar and Arzoq in large quantity and store them in a carton and we consume them for up to a week in Winters.



Sheshar and Arzoq
Sheshar and Arzoq


It is a simple flour tortilla. We eat this with butter and salty tea for breakfast. At weddings, it is a common practice to serve the bride and groom with Burum hanik which is a traditional thin large round khamali with butter.

Hunza Flour tortilla, Khamali
Hunza Flour tortilla, Khamali

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2 Comments to Traditional Hunza Breakfast Breads

  1. […] In Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral we have several bread recipes. we make some on special occasions; we make some of them specifically to eat with tea in the morning and evening. We make others to eat with curries. Hunza corn bread is one of many breads which goes well with tea and therefore, is part of our breakfast items. […]

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