Founded in 1947 when India gained freedom from British rule and was partitioned into two countries, Pakistan is one of the younger countries though history is still a rich and complex one. Predominantly Muslim, a large portion of its food history is based on religion. Muslims are forbidden to eat pork or consume alcohol so an emphasis on beef, chicken, fish, and vegetables is evident. During the 1500s, the Moghul Empire began its ruling in what is now known as Pakistan bringing a style of cooking that has remained today using ingredients such as herbs, spices, almonds, and raisins to flavour dishes. Other influences include the obvious strong one from their close neighbours, India, as well as the Middle East and Britain.