Chapli kebab is a common dish in Pashtun cuisine and a popular meal in Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern parts of India.
Shir berenj is an Afghan rice pudding. Rose water, cranberries and pistachios make this dish unique to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Shir-berenj is the Persian incarnation of rice pudding, that universal comfort food. Milk, water, rice and cardamom are its indispensable ingredients, and depending on the cook, optional ingredients can include: sugar, rosewater, or cream.
Made with cauliflower, red capsicums, carrots, and celery. The vegetables are mixed with some salt and sugar and left overnight. The next day the juice is mixed with vinegar and boiled for several minutes. The vegetables are put in glass jars and pressed down with cherry twigs and a round river stone, then the jars are filled with the cooled pickle marinade.
Obi non, or Lepyoshka, is a kind of flatbread pastry in Afghan and Uzbek cuisine. They are shaped like a disc and thicker than naan. Obi non are baked in special hand-built clay ovens called tandyr.
Kichari is a wonderful vegetarian protein-rich dish cooked in many households and in many different ways. The ginger, garlic, onions, lime, coriander and spices in this recipe help the beans to become more digestible and the turmeric adds the healing anti-inflammatory qualities. Kichari should be eaten fresh, it is not recommended as a left over.
Traditionally, Kadu Bouranee is served as a part of the several side dishes served at a Dastarkhan (the traditional Afghan table spread). One is supposed to eat the pumpkin dish with Afghan bread (Nan-I-Afghan) or one of the many rice preparations.
Halwaua e Aurd Sujee is a sweet dish made from semolina, popular in North-West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
Yoghurt is not just for smoothies or frozen treats. In the Middle-East and Mediterranean, yoghurt is a staple in the diet. It is served as a side dish, appetiser, marinade and dessert. It is consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, it is also used in drinks.
Kebobs grilled over an open barbecue with fresh vegetables is always a hit, but try it with this Afghan style marinade of yoghurt, coriander, and garlic. The marinade is delicious over beef, as well.
Challow is a traditional Afghan dish that consists of boiled rice that is mixed with a variety of seasonings and then baked. Challow can be served on its own or as a side dish.