Afghan cuisine: photos, dishes and recipes of Afghan national cuisine

Afghan cuisine

Afghan cuisine

The cuisine of Afghanistan has developed under the influence of Iranian, Indian and culinary traditions of Central Asia: it is based on thick soups, various types of pilaf and barbecue, flat cakes “naan”.

National cuisine of Afghanistan

Pilaf is widespread in Afghan cuisine: “palau-e-shahi” (pistachios, raisins, rice, lamb, fat tail fat, cloves are added to it),“kabuli-pilav” (it is prepared with raisins, lamb, rice and carrots) and other varieties. As a rule, cheese, yogurt, hot sauce, side dishes from legumes, cereals and vegetables are served with ready-made pilaf. If we talk about soups, then in Afghanistan they cook “shorbu” (rice soup), “shorma” (vegetable soup), “mushawu” (soup with yogurt and legumes).

Interested in sweets? Taste halva, “bichak” (pie with jam and other fillings), “firni” (dessert in the form of milk pudding with pistachios), candied nuts, cookies “gosh-fil”.

Popular Afghan dishes:

  • “shish kebab” (barbecue made of meat, bacon and vegetables);
  • “kormi-sabzi” (a dish of stewed beef, spinach and spices - served with a vegetable side dish);
  • “tas-kebab” (beef, which is first fried in boiling oil and then boiled in wine);
  • “kurma” (a dish in the form of fried poultry meat with tomatoes and onions);
  • “storms” (a dish of tomato, eggplant and onion);
  • “oshi-zhur-route” (a dish based on yellow beans and rice).

Where to try Afghan cuisine?

Tipping in Afghan restaurants is not required, but with good service, you can round off the amount in favor of the waiter or leave him for tea a cash reward of 5% of the total bill.

It is worth noting that tourists do not pamper local restaurants with their attention, so it cannot be said that the level of service in all catering establishments is at an altitude, but in any case they are colorful, pamper guests with traditional meat dishes and very expensive alcoholic beverages (high cost for alcoholic beverages). products are explained by the fact that it is prohibited to use them in the country).

In Kabul, you can look into a restaurant “Serena”, where guests can feel safe (for this, serious measures are being taken), treat themselves to Afghani dishes cooked on the grill and delicious desserts, as well as have a great time enjoying live music.

Cooking courses in Afghanistan

In Kabul, you will be offered to go on a gastronomic journey to local restaurants - there, in addition to getting pleasant gastronomic impressions, you can take an active part in the process of cooking some colorful dishes.

Arrival in Afghanistan can be arranged for the celebration of Navruz (March 21) - on this day you can taste special Afghan dishes, for the preparation of which veal and wheat are mainly used, as well as taste festive drinks such as haft meva (it is made from 7 fruits).


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