Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka is one of the best meat restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Cooking without oil, and using fat from the meat instead, every dish on the menu promises incredible depths of local flavor.

If you are visiting the ancient and incredible city of Peshawar then this is one restaurant you absolutely have to visit.

Scroll down now to read all the details.

Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka
Legendary Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka

Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka

In the Namak Mandi Market area of Peshawar, street life is vibrant, exciting, and of course incredibly delicious.

Just being on these streets should and will make you hungry, and there are few better places to go than Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka Shish Mahel for an ultimate meat experience.

The name is a little long, but thats ok, because most will know it as simply “Charsi Tikka.”

Although Tikka is a common food throughout Pakistan and India (‘Tikka’ just means ‘small pieces of meat’), there are few restaurants that do it better than Nisar Khan.

Note: “Charsi,” by the way, refers to ‘someone who smokes,’ and I guess in this case I approve of smoking skills, from cigarettes or other things, when they’re focused instead into skilled preparation of meat.

Watch the full video:

(Here’s the link to the full video on YouTube)

lamb
The quality of the lamb is impressive

Charsi Tikka specializes in lamb

The menu is not extensive, you can order a karahi – in this case lamb simmered in its own fat and cooked into a curry in a rounded metal pan, tikka – grilled meat, or sajji chicken – the giant chicken formation at the front of the restaurant.

You should order one of each to get the full experience at Charsi Tikka.

lamb karahi
Lamb simmering in its own fat

When you walk up to Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka you’ll see a number of lambs hanging at the front, their very own butchery. You actually choose your own cut of meat for the dishes you want to order, and they chop it right then and there, so you know it’s ultra fresh.

Along with grilled lamb chops, their prize-winning item is dumba karahi, lamb karahi, which is a must-order.

In Pakistan, Peshawar ranks as one of the top meat eating cities, right up with Gujranwala, Lahore, and Karachi.

chappals
New sandals while waiting for lunch

Kaptaan chappal

Since nothing is pre-cooked, it takes at least an hour for your meat to be cooked.

The good new is, just a 3 minute walk down the road is Kaptaan Chappal, where you can shop for local Peshawari sandals, known as chappals, while you wait. I was very excited to get some new local footwear.

Kaptaan Chappal is not an ordinary chappal sandal store, it’s the exact shop where the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan, buys his from – and he’s known to wear them daily. You’ll find chappals all over Peshawar, but Kaptaan Chappal makes a special chappal with extra thick soles, requested by Mr. Imran Khan himself.

I was not going to pass up the opportunity to buy a pair when I was in Peshawar. Prices range from 2500-4500PKR (US$20-35) a pair.

We walked back to Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka, floating on my new chappals, and just in time to eat.

Lamb Chops at Charsi Tikka
Amazingly tender lamb chops, seasoned with only Salt and Smoke

Lamb chops

The first thing you have to try are the Lamp Chops.

Just like most of the foods served here, the skill in cooking here lies in the finely balanced amounts of the most basic seasoning and ingredients. The experience and passion of the chefs here is obvious in every dish they serve.

Aside from salt and pepper, very few of the dishes have anything added. The taste that sets Charsi Tikka apart from other restaurants is in the precise cooking, grill temperature, and their quality of raw ingredients.

Perfectly tender bites of lamb, each chop flavored first by its own fattiness, and then of course smokiness from the grill, and finally a gentle feeling of saltiness throughout each chop.

Served with hot roti and a simple side of fresh-cut vegetables, this was one of the better, most pure bites of roast lamb I can ever remember eating.

Dumba Karahi in Peshawar
Basic Ingredients to Insane Flavor – Lamb Fat, Tomatoes, and Salt.

Dumba karahi

The name of the restaurant includes the word Tikka, but its actually this dish, called Dumba Karahi, for which this restaurant is famous.

Dumba is eaten all throughout Central Asia, and the word simply refers to any dish that uses fatty lamb. In this KPK region of Pakistan though, Dumba is a name for the sheep that grows with a specifically large buttock and tail area.

They raise animals like this for the purpose of eating, and not for their milk. Each animal is fed in a certain way, and therefore the fat content can be truly incredible.

No oil is used in this recipe, the fat comes entirely from the tail and butt as it cooks. Only tomatoes and salt are used for seasoning, so the dish requires the utmost skill on the part of the chef to perfect it.

The flavor in Nisar Khan’s Dumba karahi is incredible, such simple ingredients cooked with masterful style, every bite was joyously rich. You should not leave Peshawar without at least one Dumba Karahi.

chicken sajji
Beautiful chicken sajji display

Chicken Sajji

This food is called Chicken Sajji, and this cooking style comes from the Balochistan region of Pakistan, just South of KPK (where Peshawar is).

It is made by smothering the raw meat in spices, and then sometimes it is made also with rice and herbs stuffed inside. The animal is skewered, and then roasted or baked. The one thing that all Sajji have in common though, is that they are made using the entire animal.

Both a photo-friendly food, and pleasing to the stomach as well of course.

Nisar Khan’s chicken is grilled to perfection, and I really liked how they keep the chicken from getting too dry. They use a technique of washing and soaking the chicken in a simple water broth before grilling, and this makes sure the chicken meat doesn’t dry out over the intense charcoal heat.

Note: We enjoyed chicken here, but as this restaurant specializes in lamb, I recommend having Chicken Sajji at another specialty restaurant like the one we visited to make this video in Lahore.

Charsi Tikka Shish Mahel
The chefs and staff at Charsi Tikka are very kind as well

Just entering this restaurant is an experience, walking past all of the chefs as they chop, slice, and prepare the meat. All of it is totally open and on display, either hanging from racks, or on the chopping block.

From the lofty and elevated Chicken Sajji spears in front, and witnessing entire goat carcasses hanging from the roof of the entry room. You can see every piece of meat, and the high quality of that meat as well, from the very first steps of preparation.

Visit Peshawar, and don’t miss Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka Shish Mahel, in the Namak Mandi Market area.

Address: In Namak Mandi Market, in Peshawar (Google Maps)
Hours: 11am to 11pm
Price: Our entire meal was 2600PKR (US$20)

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  • PHIL GAINAN

    5 days ago

    Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka i meat restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan is a restaurant I need to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Joel Bruner

      21 hours ago

      Phil, yes! Youre totally right, and thanks for the comment as well. Have a great day!

  • Ahmed

    1 month ago

    Hi Mark,
    Can you please send me the itinerary of Pakistan as whole. Thank you so much.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Ahmed! You can find all the details through the blog articles (we visited A LOT of places, it was a great trip!)

  • samia

    2 months ago

    WOW No oil is used in this recipe, the fat comes entirely from the tail and butt as it cooks. Only tomatoes and salt are used for seasoning loe to eat Hi! Nice work. What an outstanding post. I really like your work. You just nailed it my friend

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Samia, again, thank you so much for the great comments, and for your continuing support. Its awesome, thank you!

  • achareh

    2 months ago

    they seem interesting, but i don’t think i could try their food

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hello Achareh! Well, we are happy that you enjoyed reading, thats very important as well 🙂 Take care!

  • Peshawar

    2 months ago

    Wow this is incredible. Charsi Tikka is famous in Peshawar. i was enjoy last week with my friends.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hello Peshawar, you are making me jealous (I would love to visit again right now!)

  • Gaurav Singh

    3 months ago

    Wow, that’s a really amazing post I ever saw, very unique name and I’d love to go there but it’s in Pakistan and i cant be able to go there because I am an Indian. Is there any chance for an Indian to go there?

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hello Guarav! I would say that if we are all patient, there is always a chance for a brighter future! Thanks for the comments, good luck with your dream to visit Pakistan!

  • Vegan Life

    3 months ago

    Thats cool but im still Vegan:)

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hello, thanks for the comments! There were many amazing treats of bread-type snacks, of fruit, many things without meat during the time in Pakistan (the Northern lands are amazing for meat-free snacks!)

  • Joko

    4 months ago

    After reading the article about street food in Brazil, I decided to read more. This does not disappoint. Also, I love how you capture the photos. Lovely.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 months ago

      Hi Joko, thank you so much! Yes the beauty of it all was quite overwhelming at times, a truly amazing place 🙂

  • Charles

    4 months ago

    I’ll be sure to drop a few pounds well in advance of my next trip abroad as I always return heavier.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Charles, that may be a wise move, (I may need to take your advice as well) good luck on your trip, I’m sure you will enjoy the time!

  • Manish Ladhania

    4 months ago

    Looks very Delicious. I do would like to try that mouth watering dish.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Manish, thanks for the positive comments, and very happy to know that you enjoyed this post

  • SahiwalNews

    4 months ago

    Thank you for the delicious and interesting post.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      You are most welcome Sahiwal! All the best

  • Monty Singh

    4 months ago

    A traditional restaurant that specializes in lambs mutton, mutton karrahi, mutton white meat, Shinwari mutton, mutton barbeque, & chicken karrahi. Realy Love it.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Monty, You are correct, this restaurant had all the things you could want that involve mutton and barbecue. Thanks for the comment, enjoy your day

  • Jai vats

    4 months ago

    This is actually a wonderful post. In fact, I have seen one of the best posts ever seen in my whole life. Wow, just keep it.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Wow, Jai, We truly appreciate your wonderful comments, very happy to see you enjoy it. Take care

  • jaipur sightseeing pacakge

    4 months ago

    Looks Delicious …..my all time favourite

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      It is worthy of being a favorite dish for sure, this place is amazing. Have a great day!

  • David

    4 months ago

    Wow! All these food look so enticing. I totally agree that delicious food takes time to prepare and is worth it once served. Can’t wait to have a visit and taste them myself. Thanks for this great post!

  • Asmat

    4 months ago

    It looks like yuuuuuuuuuuuuummm. I will visit this place surely.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Asmat, I do hope you have the chance to visit this amazing restaurant for yourself. Take care, good luck

  • sk ayan

    4 months ago

    Wrote very well. I LIKE IT.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Thank you very much Ayan, Glad to see you enjoy it

  • Nyasha

    4 months ago

    This looks so good, it’s making my mouth water!

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Nyasha, This food was incredible, as is the entire area of Peshawar

  • sahiwal news

    4 months ago

    I visit these areas in august. I hope to eat this tasty tikka.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Good luck on your travels, I am sure you will enjoy it

  • sahiwal news

    4 months ago

    Charsi? Lol , look like some drug is mixed or the name is given for its unique taste. I ll must try when i go through these areas.

  • Christiana Cowelt

    4 months ago

    I tried some times in last March 2019, the Charsi tikka is very tasty and super delicious. Completely agree with you.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Christiana, that is lovely to hear, (and I just might be a little bit jealous of you now…)

  • Jahanzaib

    4 months ago

    When You Visit Pakistan, Then You Need Go To Peshawar For Eating Peshawari Chappal and Nisar Charsi Tikka. Please Visit Punjab Pakistan Also…

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Jahanzaib, Thank you for the advice, and I encourage you to check out some of the other content, we did enjoy our time in Punjab greatly

  • Vishal

    4 months ago

    Amazing content. 😊😊

  • Sure Hyip

    4 months ago

    Good Post

  • Hussnain Raza

    4 months ago

    i am also from Peshawar and i just love this place thanks & Have you Tried Biryani

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Hussnain, I am happy to see that it looks like went to the right place, Thanks for the comments, and have a great day

  • shekhar

    4 months ago

    delicious foods. Can not resist myself. ummm awesome

  • wesley

    4 months ago

    This is awesome!
    Love your way of writing.

  • susil

    4 months ago

    I love Pakistani Food especially Nihari. Great Job mark you are the best. You give us a great tour of Pakistan. I am from India but I never been to Pakistan. Love you.

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Susil, Very happy to see your comments here, thank you for taking the time to write, all the best, good luck and take care

  • Ester Cecilia Morales

    4 months ago

    My son and I love watching all your videos. You are an amazing traveler and we always look forward to your posts. We are hoping that someday we can also travel like what you are doing. I can see the passion and happiness in every post and it shows how much you love doing videos and traveling. We hope you can have more travels to Philippines especially in Pampanga where the best cooks of the Philippines come from. Also you might like going to the Bicol region. They love chilies like you do and they are famous for spicy food and food with coconut milk. I also love coffee like you do and you might love going to Batangas where Kapeng Barako can be found. We will continue watching your videos. 😊

    • Joel Bruner

      4 months ago

      Ester – Wow, thank you so incredibly much for your continued support. I very much appreciate messages like this, thank you for taking the time to get in touch.Thank you also for the recommendations, that sounds absolutely delicious, I will do my best to find this area the next time I have a chance to visit The Philippines

  • DSS

    4 months ago

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing post with us

  • Ankurman

    4 months ago

    Chicken tikka is my favorite. Your videos are awesome and now I am love with your blog.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Ankurman, thank you so much for your support – it is highly appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

  • PigeonMalin

    4 months ago

    Looks delicious. Hope i could take a bite 🙂

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      Hello Pigeon, I wish you all the best in possibly getting there to try it someday (soon!)

  • George

    5 months ago

    I honestly can’t have enough of your posts! The Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka Shish Mahel looks fantastic.

  • Peter Fernie

    5 months ago

    Hi Mark, You are such an inspiration, I love watching your vlogs and have just started a blog after seeing your video on how you make your income to help you follow your passion of food and travel, are you planning any more taco adventures, cheers Pete.

    • Joel Bruner

      2 weeks ago

      That is wonderful news Peter! So happy to hear this… (Mark inspires me as well, its amazing what he does, what he is doing!) Cheers, have a great day! (and stay posted for more taco adventures, for sure!)

  • AMAAN ANSARI

    5 months ago

    damn tasty Charsi tikka <3

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hello Amaan, thanks for commenting!

  • Aahna

    5 months ago

    Cannot resist myself from visiting that place. Umm delicious!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hello Aahna, thanks for the message! Yes, this place is IRresistable, youre right!

  • Ahad

    5 months ago

    Delicious food. Thanks for sharing. I liked your article

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Youre very welcome Ahad, have a great day!

  • Macramé

    5 months ago

    I think I can smell it from the screen

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hi Macramé, that does happen sometimes! Thanks for writing, have a great day!

  • PION

    5 months ago

    Fantastic site! I want an internship when you change your website, how can I subscribe to a blog site? I have known a little about the broadcast that you provided. Very clear concept.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thank you very much Pion! Thanks for the support. Mark has a few people already working on this, but good luck with all of your own blogging potential – just stick with it, and good things will happen!

  • sam

    5 months ago

    Am based in Africa but i will be going on vacation from work. I think i need to convince my boss to allow us visit this place. It’s not my fault though………Am a foodie. I love good food!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hello Sam, will you really visit Peshawar soon? You will absolutely love the people and the food, an amazing place in this world. Good luck!

  • Nuoma

    5 months ago

    Thank you for the delicious and interesting post.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Youre most welcome Nuoma, thanks for the comment!

  • Numan

    5 months ago

    I always see Mark Youtube videos. But after reading this blog my attraction about food growing up.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hello Numan, thanks for the support! It is very much appreciated.

  • inteligency

    5 months ago

    look like delicious, travel to Pakistan soon!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thank you, yes it is amazing the food here in Peshawar. Take care, good luck!

  • Tech Toomakesense

    5 months ago

    I admire your skills on putting up a clear content that describes exactly how it happened, you are simply amazing.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Well Tech, thank you very much. It has taken awhile, and practice makes everything better. Thanks for the kind words, have a great day today yourself as well!

  • Nedo Mali

    5 months ago

    Nice article, bro! Love it

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thanks very much Nedo, we are glad you enjoy reading these articles.

  • netf

    5 months ago

    One should not use tumba karahi(copper) for cooking chicken. It gives a diiferent taste in this utensile. One should use cooker to cook chiken it gives a very good taste in it. Also it is cooked completely in cooker.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thank you netf, If I try to make this myself Ill try to remember this advice! Take care, have a great day!

  • Sash

    5 months ago

    Pakistan has a very rich food culture. I remember visiting Peshawar and eating delicious street food.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Hello Sash, wow, you are fortunate to travel to these places as well. Hope you can return someday to this amazing Nisar Khan Charsi Tikka!

  • Subham

    6 months ago

    I love Pakistani Chicken Karai . Mouthwatering Mark

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      Thanks Subham, have a great day!

  • Golden Triangle Tour 3 Days 2 Nights

    6 months ago

    Wow, what an adventure! And the food looks amazing (like most of the food you eat.) Now I am adding Peshawar to my travel list of places to go:)

    • Joel Bruner

      5 months ago

      That is so great to hear, very happy to be of use in aiding your travel dreams! 🙂 Take care, good luck!

  • Sarvana

    6 months ago

    That was a mouth watering story – Charsi tikka 🙂

  • resumo

    6 months ago

    I’m from Brazil and I liked your article. congratulations.
    I always look for sites like this that showcase food articles in the world.
    Today I do not find many because almost all have turned into a sea of advertisements, but your site is still very good

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      This is a wonderful comment, thank you so much too for taking the time to write! We appreciate this very much, have a great day, look forward to seeing you more in the next series of articles!

  • Rahul

    6 months ago

    Hmmm Delicious

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      Thanks Rahul!

  • Whitney of GoFam Travel

    6 months ago

    Wow, what an adventure! And the food looks amazing (like most of the food you eat.) Now I am adding Peshawar to my travel list of places to go:)

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      That is a wise and delicious choice Whitney! Thanks for taking the time to contact us, and glad you enjoyed this article.

  • Anna Hassan

    6 months ago

    The food looks absolutely delicious. What a cultural experience

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      Thank you for writing Anna! Yes, a wonderful time in Pakistan, truly an amazing (and delicious) time traveling there.

  • George

    6 months ago

    One more delicious post and an awesome video. It’s half an hour long, but it worths watching every minute of it. Hands down the most delicious blog of the internet, I could even taste the tikka. Cheers!

    • resumo

      6 months ago

      You’re right, few websites show the culinary like that. I hope they continue with this great work.

  • Daspalla

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    I have these video on youtube. I also enjoyed while seeing your experience in peshawar

  • omer malik

    6 months ago

    Hmmm Delicious !!!!! 🙂

  • Tim

    6 months ago

    Oh thank you ! Now I need to go to Pakistan !
    Well, if it is as delicious as I’m drooling, I won’t regret it 🙂

  • russia

    6 months ago

    thrilled to witness such wealth of a culture through the authentic and genuine lens of mark’s and the team … thank you … pure joy to be watching such vibrant life … such humble and hard working people …

  • Jogi

    6 months ago

    Food is looking pretty tempting. I follow your blogs. You seem to be hardcore nonveg lover

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      Hi Jogi! Thanks for writing, yes the past few trips have been quite meat-heavy… maybe the next one will be more vegetable oriented. However, the meat has been incredible, specifically Pakistan, wow! Incredible meals there, and just honestly a very fun country to visit. Thanks again, take care!

  • Highlander

    6 months ago

    Nice article. Love meat, seeing this article I am hungry. love to try meat in Pakistan.

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      You will absolutely without a doubt be happy with your decision! Enjoy your trip my friend, all the best!

  • Anita

    6 months ago

    OMG when I saw the first photo I was actually disgust but after getting more details I am hungry 😀 WOuld love to try food in Pakistan

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      Anita, thanks for reading! The food in Pakistan is truly wonderful, thank you for giving it a try (youll thank yourself too I just know it!) Take care, have a great day!

  • Aadit Wadhwa

    6 months ago

    Sounds delicious, gonna visit Pakistan soon!

    • Joel Bruner

      6 months ago

      I hope you have a wonderful time there! Any first destination that stands out to you?