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National dish of Afghanistan

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  • Independence: 19. 8. 1919
  • Capital: Kabul
  • Official language: Dari Persian
  • Population: 30 419 928
  • Area: 647 500 km2
  • International code: AF
  • Currency: Afghani (AFN)
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Kabuli pulao


  • 2 lbs chicken, cut up
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pints hot water
  • 1/4 lb white basmati rice
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • healthy pinch saffron, soaked in 1 tbs broth
  • 1 large carrot, cut into match sticks
  • 1/4 cup dark raisin
  • 1/8 cup chopped pistachios (optional, toasted in a dry frying pan)
  • 1/4 cup blanched slivered almond     (optional, toasted in a dry frying pan)
Kabuli pulao is national food (dish) of Afghanistan


TPlace chicken pieces, onions and hot water in a large pot. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Add salt to taste. Remove chicken, reserving stock & discard cooked onions. Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat 2 tbs of the butter over medium high heat and fry chicken pieces containing bones, salting as needed. Boil a large amount of water with sea salt and cook the rice in it for exactly 8 minutes. Set aside in a pot until ready to assemble.

Make stock sauce: Brown onions in butter and remove from heat. Add cardamom cumin, freshly ground black pepper & saffron liquid and mash with onion to form a paste. Add about 1/2 pt of the chicken stock; simmer for 5 minutes and taste for seasoning. Combine cooked rice, stock sauce as needed (I don't find it became a sauce so I added the onion paste with some broth as needed to finish cooking the rice) and chicken; place in a buttered casserole. Cover. Fry carrot matchsticks in 1/2 tbs butter and add dark raisins to them at the very end. Sprinkle partially cooked carrot matchsticks and raisins on top of chicken and rice and cover tightly with aluminum foil or cover. Place in oven for 35 minutes. Chopped toasted pistachios or slivered almonds may be added over the dish just before serving if so wished. There most probably will be left over stock that is very good even as a soup on it's own and probably served that way in an Afghani household.


Kabuli Palaw, Qabili Palaw or simply Palau is an Afghan rice dish consisting of steamed rice mixed with lentils, raisins, carrots and lamb. It is the most popular dish in Afghanistan, and is considered the national dish. Qabili Palaw is a made by cooking basmati or long grained rice in a brothy sauce (which makes the rice brown). This dish may be made with lamb, chicken, or beef. Qabili palau is baked in the oven and topped with fried sliced carrots and raisins. Chopped nuts like pistachios or almonds may be added as well. The meat is covered by the rice or buried in the middle of the dish.

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