Dinners Adrift

Sharing thoughts about food and travel!

Afghanistan May 6, 2010

  • Once we began our research on Afghan cuisine we found so much information it was difficult to choose which dish to try first. Sensational flavors! They combine sweet and savory together using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, cilantro, cloves and cardamom. We love these tastes so we will continue making these flavorful dishes going forward. Our favorite recipe collection that we found is  Afghan Online.  The recipes on this site all sound amazing. Which one should we try first?
  • We love the combination of fruits and nuts in rice. So we make a Palao. Afghanistan is known for her grapes and pomegranates. Palao and Qorma are common dishes in this country. Palao is another word for pilaf. Qorma is a stewed dish with meat, spices and yogurt or coconut milk served with rice.  These dishes differ in preparation within each province. Based on our reading and hunger pains we will make our rice beginning with basmati cooked in beef broth. Often meat is added in but we are making our dish without. We add a half of teaspoon of each cinnamon, cardamom and cumin. Cook rice to package instructions and at the end add slivered carrots, fried golden raisins and pistachios. Then we add pomegranate seeds for more color. We made our dish our own with the list of spices used in Afghan cooking.
  • Nuts are included in many Afghan dishes. You may like to try grinding them to use as a thickener for sauces and soups, a healthy alternative to cream. We found this fabulous blog, NutGourmet. We are sure we will be revisiting this bog many times as we make our way around the world. What a wonderful amount of Nut information!
  • Wikipedia has a page of information on Afghan cuisine. How exciting it is to find the food of this country so colorful and flavorful.
  • We also made kabobs and enjoyed this recipe for Chapli Kabobs for its green ingredients.
  • The company Bolani based in the Bay Area attends farmers markets across California with gourmet Afghan food. Check them out also for ordering products! Bolani is an Afghan appetizer. It is flatbread stuffed with a vegetable filling and baked or fried. In our near future we will be trying this stuffed with potatoes and leeks. Bon appetite!
  • Pictures soon come!

Map image from Lonely Planet