The Pakistan Association of New York Capital District has been active in organizing various cultural programs in the Capital district area for the last 35 years. Currently we have more than 700 Pakistani families living in the area, many of which are part of PakNYCap (Pakistan Association of NY Capital District).
Since 1988, PakSA (The Pakistani Students’ Association at RPI), a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Union funded cultural organization, has been presenting and promoting Pakistani culture to the RPI campus and catering to the needs of students and the community with Pakistani heritage. The Annual Spring Jashn show gathers a crowd of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the culture through a comedy skit with performances. Since 1990, we have been airing a radio program, “Awaz-e-Pakistan”, at WRPI, Troy, 91.5 FM every Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon.
Pakistani cuisine is similar to that of other regions of South Asia, with some of it being originated from the royal kitchens of 16th-century Mughal emperors. Most of those dishes have their roots in British, Indian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.Unlike Middle Eastern cuisine, Pakistani cooking uses large quantities of spices, herbs, and seasoning. Garlic, ginger, turmeric, red chili, and garam masala are used in most dishes, and home cooking regularly includes curry, roti, a thin flatbread made from wheat, is a staple food, usually served with curry, meat, vegetables, and lentils. Rice is also common; it is served plain, fried with spices, and in sweet dishes.
Lassi is a traditional drink in the Punjab region. Black tea with milk and sugar is popular throughout Pakistan and is consumed daily by most of the population.Sohan halwa is a popular sweet dish from the southern region of Punjab province and is enjoyed all over Pakistan.
Chinese Community Center (CCC) -