Afghanistan’s traditional food

Afghans are considered the worriers but do you know, they are hospitable people and expert in cooking unique dishes as well!

Kabuli Pulao: It is the national dish of Afghanistan. It is not famous even in Afghanistan but every Afghan living outside of the country love to eat Kabuli Pulao anywhere they find it. It is cooked at every house as it is the part of their lives.

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Mouth watering dish of Afghanistan the “Kabuli Palao” is on the table.

Preparation of Kabuli Pulao is very easy; it is steamed rice with chops of raisins and carrot. It is often served with lamb. Other variants of Pulao are also available in Afghanistan. People eat it with meat, vegetables or beans. Girls are taught to cook Kabuli Pulao before the marriage because it be a considered a shame if she does not know cooking Kabuli Pulao.

In the UAE every Afghan restaurant has the Kabuli Pulao on their tables. The cashier of Al Afghan Al Kabab, Abdul Jabbar says people across the world like Kabuli Pulao. We have Asian, Middle Eastern customers. The prices of the food in our restaurants are fair so people from every sphere of life can afford our food. Jabbar says that due to flexible prices and good quality of food our business got spread all over the UAE. They have a wide range of restaurants in the every state of the UAE. Arab locals are fan of eating Kabuli Pulao so they come to have their dinner in our restaurants. He added.

Kababs: Lamb kabab is also one of the favorite foods of Afghans. Afghan Kabab is mostly served with Naan, and rice. Lamb chops, ribs, kofta (ground beef) and chicken kababs are served in good Kabul restaurants in the UAE. Chapli Kabab and Sekh Boti Kababs are consumed widely among the people belonging to every nationalities.

Saji Kabab: Saaji Kabab is equally famous traditional food of Baloch and Pashton population living in Afghanistan and Balochistan. It is made up of goat, sheep meat. Before putting the meat on steaks, rub some salt, lemon juice and black paper on the meat. They do not use any cooking oil to cook Saji Kabab but white meat on the top of the steak which melts due to the heat and provides natural oil for Kabab. Burn some dry woods at both sides of the meat; put the steaks of the meat between the fire. Slowly and gradually the heat makes cook the Saji. When the fire is turned into ashes drag the ashes near the meat which makes it further delicious. It is cooked on special occasions such as Eid and wedding events.

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One of the delicious and famous food “Saji” is being cooked.

Qorma: Qormas is also one of the very special dishes of Afghan. Qorma is cooked twice a week in the kitchen. Fry the unions in the cooking oil, after that put required amount of tomatoes and make them cook for a while then add meats, spices or vegetables to them. Shorma: Soups made of variety of items are very popular in Afghanistan. These soups are locally known as shorma.

Afghan Breads: Usually, Afghans consume four types of breads. These breads are locally called Naan, Obi Naan and Lavash. Naan is made of wheat and is thin, long and oval shaped. Obi Naan is shaped like a disk and is thicker than naan. Lavash is very thin bread and used as plating for meats and stews. Kak bread is also famous in Baloch population. It is made up of wheat. They put a ball like stone on the fire, when it gets extremely hot, wrap the wet flour on the hot stone then put it near the ashes. After some time serve it. It is will not be expired for more than a week. People cook it at picnics, arrival of special guests and cultural events.

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A famous dish of Baloch and Afghan called “Saji” is being served.

Rice Dishes: Afghans put in plenty of time and effort to prepare their rice dishes. One popular rice dish is chalow.. Chalow is fluffy white rice with each grain separated. The Afghans love to eat chalow with Qormas.

Fruits & Nuts: Fresh and dried fruits are inseparable part of Afghan food. Afghanistan produces high quality fruits particularly grapes, apricots, pomegranates, melons, plums and berries. Exceptional varieties of oranges also grow in Afghanistan. Melons of Mazar-e-Sharif, oranges of Jalalabad, grapes and pomegranates of Kandahar are famous.

Dairy Products: The Afghans like dairy products like yogurt and Lassi. Lassi is a sort of thin yogurt which is served with the lunch and dinner. It is also called Desi Sharab (urban drinking). Eating is uncompleted without having Lassi witt it.

Drinks: Common drink in Afghanistan is tea (chai). Green tea is considered the Desi Pepsi. Green tea is very healthy and people love to start their breakfast with Prata and green tea. It is also served after the meal because it helps the digesting the food in very short period of time.

Afghan people are fond of non-vegetarian dishes. Usually they don’t use cutlery. Food is gulped with right hand, using nan as scoop. The Afghans treat their guests with great respect and try to serve their guests with as good food as they can provide. Sharing stories of the past and gossips are the essential part of the evening gathering. Every night people assemble at one place, they exchange ideas and discuss their whole day doings. Instead of watching movies they watch news bulletins, debates and talk shows on TV and instead of listening songs on the radio they usually listen news, hot talks and programs. Women do not sit with the men often; they gather at one room, have their lunch and dinner and talk their daily life issues and problems. If there are no any men at home women serve the guests and supervise the house.

By: Qurban

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