The mainstay of the Pakistani diet is "chapati" or "roti", an unleavened bread similar to pita bread. Pakistani food is generally hot and spicy, with curry being one of the most popular spices. Islamic law forbids the consumption of pork and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Rice is part of most meals and desserts. Tea is the most popular drink. A type of yogurt is a common ingredient in meals.
Whenever possible, the whole family eats together, usually sharing the same platter and eating from the portion directly in front of them. Chapati (bread) is used to scoop up the food. Mothers usually feed the infants with the father feeding the young children. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sundown each day and it is polite for non-Muslims to not eat or drink during those hours as well.