Recipe of Sobat Dish


For Dough:
  • 2 cups wheat flour

  • Water (as needed)

  • Salt (to taste)

For Soup (Yakhni):
  • 1 kg chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste

  • 1/2 cup cooking oil or ghee

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Water (as needed)

For Garnish:
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

  • Green chilies, sliced

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Prepare the Dough:

    • In a large bowl, mix wheat flour, salt, and water to make a soft dough.

    • Divide the dough into small balls and roll them out into thin chapatis.

  2. Cook the Chapatis:

    • Cook the chapatis on a hot griddle until they are lightly browned. Keep them aside.

  3. Prepare the Yakhni (Soup):

    • In a large pot, heat oil or ghee. Add sliced onions and cook until they are golden brown.

    • Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute.

    • Add chicken pieces and cook until they are browned.

    • Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes are soft.

    • Add enough water to cover the meat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the meat is tender, and the broth is flavorful.

  4. Assemble Sohbat:

    • Break the chapatis into small pieces and place them in a serving dish.

    • Pour the hot yakhni (soup) over the broken chapatis.

  5. Garnish:

    • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, sliced green chilies, and lemon wedges.

  6. Serve Hot:

    • Sohbat is traditionally served hot, and it is meant to be a communal dish where everyone eats from the same pot.

Sohbat/Painda is not only a delicious meal but also a communal experience often enjoyed with family and friends. Adjust the spice levels according to your preference. Enjoy!

Sobat Dish is prepared often in the Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This is the favorite dish of locals in all seasons and is also liked and enjoyed by people from other areas and whoever visits these areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The dish is prepared in traditional style and bears a very authentic taste.

If you want to prepare the dish at home, you would need the following ingredients followed by instructions of preparation.