‘Thela’ is a common Urdu word, which means ‘stall’. In the subcontinent, these brightly decorated and intricately painted mobile stalls are features of everyday urban culture and a popular means of vending delicious street food and delectable treats. To me ‘Thela’ beckons nostalgia and a draw for Karachi, the city in which I was born and the food I grew up eating. Karachi is virtually impossible to define to those who have never visited this coastal city; this bustling metropolis is chaotic, crazy and yet captivating!. A big part of Karachi is its food culture, being one of the most multi-ethnic cities of Pakistan it has a rich history of culinary delights and Karachi-walla’s are well known for being passionate about their food. Given my own love for good food I decided to recreate some of the famous dishes from Karachi and set up ‘Thela’ in London when I relocated here.
My food is based on an authentic Karachi style and I always use fresh, locally sourced and where possible sustainable and Fairtrade ingredients. I guarantee that only the dishes I have perfected make it on my menu and that most of these are either my family recipes or those mastered during my training as a chef at the Marriott Group. I grind my own masalas (spices) and use traditional cooking methods that I learned from my mother, who lovingly passed on to me the appreciation for food, artful cooking and a sincere means of showing affection by keeping loved ones well fed. Together we also set up a catering business in Karachi, a venture I undertook when I gave up my career in banking for a ‘chimta’ (tongs) in hand and turned to the world of food to follow my passion and never looked back.
I hope through Thela you will enjoy and experience a part of Karachi and my love for proper Karachi food.
Thela brings you authentic Karachi food, which is lovingly made with the highest quality of ingredients and prepared with traditional handcrafted methods. Please view both our grab-and-go food stall menu as well as our catering menu for details. We hope you will love Karachi food just as much as we do!