Peshawar – Known as the city of hospitality, Peshawar is a unique ancient city because it is often visited by tourists to enjoy its delicious traditional food options, including the mouth-watering Chappli Kabab, Peshawari rice polao and trout fish, mainly sourced from Malakand and Hazara divisions. as special winter food recipe of cold water.
When traveling to historic Qissa Khawani and Namak Mandi bazaars in the bustling city of Peshawar, visitors can not fail to taste a tempting aroma coming from the crispy Chappli Kabab and fried fish shops served with traditional Qehwa and spicy sauces in the winter season.
The fish sales witness a roaring business and are flooded with food lovers enjoying the delicious rainbow and brown trout, Mushka, Raho, Simon, Pomfret, Mahsher and lobsters, sourced from Ghanta Ghar, a fishing hub in Peshawar City. The hotel’s owners and even vendors receive a deluge of orders to dine in shops and home delivery to residents and visitors who enjoy its delicious dishes with their loved ones in the height of the winter season.
“As a special winter offer, we have received enough trout stocks from the Swat and Mansehra districts to keep an eye on the urgent demands of the Peshawarties,” said Ali Khan, owner of a famous fish shop at the Qissa Khwani Bazaar, while speaking to the news agency APP. He said: “The recipe for trout fish is very simple and cost effective as well as time efficient. We cook trout in oil after its proper water washing and cutting. Later mix varieties of spicy sauces, pomegranate seed powder, salt and other species ingredients properly. Before frying on medium flame, marinate the fish properly for about two hours to ensure that all sauces are intact and the color is unchanged and are served later to the customers with chips, sauces (Chatnis), salad and naans. “
Fish is described as the best source of
proteins, vitamins, omega 3 fats
acids, phosphorus, iron and iodine
Ali Khan, who remained associated with the fishing industry for 25 years, said most would like deep-fried fish, some liked ‘tawa macchi’ and would have grilled and baked trout fish to eat in the shops as well as take the package for their loved ones.
“Trout is my favorite seafood as its meat is loaded with proteins and vitamins besides easily digestible,” Khurshid Khan, assistant manager, Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) told the news agency. He said: “Usually every weekend I visit Peshawar to enjoy trout fishing with my family. But today I hurried to the famous Qissa Khwani to enjoy my favorite food to beat the severe cold that gripped the Peshawar Valley the last few days . “
“When I was young, I often visited Swat with my dad to enjoy the freshwater trout because of its aromatic taste and spiciness in the middle of snowfall. This year, I did not go to Swat because of the availability of the grilled and baked trout fish in Peshawar. , ”He added.
Dr. Riaz Khan, pediatrician, Government Hospital Pabbi Nowshera said there was an extra strain on the heart, brains, joints and lungs of weak people and children due to persistent cough, nausea and frost in the winter. He said consuming fish was the best and readily available choice to reduce the risk of these diseases. By labeling fish as the best source of protein, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, phosphorus, iron and iodine, he said, consuming seafood helps improve digestion, protects skin from dryness and relieves joint pain.
Usman Ali, general secretary of the Swat Trout Fish Farming Association, said the trout growers’ business has shone in the winter after increasing demand from consumers and the hotel industry from across the country. He said there were about 150 trout farms in Swat that engaged additional workers to meet the orders placed.
He said about 2,500 people were directly linked to trout farming in Swat and urged the government to announce a special package for trout growers staying in light of their significant financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the case of temperature vulnerability, mortality for trout remained high and fishermen suffered heavy economic losses,” he added.
Usman said one kilogram of trout on the open market was sold for Rs2000 to Rs2500 per kilogram. “Trout farming is an extremely profitable business. Any farmer who has 35 marla of land and a proper water inflow and outflow system can produce 2,250 kg of trout by earning around 2 million Rs 2 million in profit after 15 months of cultivation, ”he added. He said Pakistan could earn significant revenue by providing special incentives to trout farmers in addition to the construction of new trout lakes, especially in the Malakand and Hazara divisions due to the availability of plenty of cold water reservoirs and ideal climatic conditions for trout farming.
The KP government had launched the Trout Village Project (TVP) in the Hazara and Malakand divisions in 2018-19, under which 93 small and large trout fishing farms were established, said Muhammad Zubair, deputy director, planning and monitoring, KP Fisheries Department. “These farms were established under a 50:50% cost-sharing formula, which was contributed by the KP government and farmers mostly in the Swat and Mansehra districts under TVP, which would be completed in June this year,” he said. A model trout hatchery under the KP government has been established in the Salathanar Valley in the Upper Swat on the 15-channel with the capacity to produce six million fish seeds a year, he said, adding that production would start next year.
Zubair said another project ‘Development of Coldwater Fishery Resources’, costing Rs1200 million, a joint venture between federal and provincial governments with 40:60 per cent. cost-sharing basis, was underway in the Malakand and Hazara divisions, under which 297 trout lakes were established.
“The KP government has recently approved ‘development of reservoirs for raising fishery resources costing Rs 500 million’ project, where 67 carp farms and model hatchery on 179 canal at Swabi will be established, from where fish seedlings will be delivered to private hatcheries and Turbella Pond.” With the completion of these projects, he said that KP’s fish production is likely to increase to 740 tonnes from the existing 400 tonnes in 2024.