Citizens, it saddens me greatly when I think of the trials and tribulations the proud people of Afghanistan have faced over many millennia due to their strategic location and near-constant warfare in that time. The cuisine of this country is succulent, spice-laden and delicious and I urge you to try an Afghani restaurant in your neighborhood, if you have one! J
Today, I give you the national dish of Afghanistan – Kabuli Pilau! Originally named Kabuli because only wealthy members of the elite in the capital city of Kabul could afford the ingredients, today it is enjoyed all over the country!
Kabuli pilau (also spelled “palaw” in English) is a northern Afghan dish, a variety of pilaf, consisting of steamed rice mixed with raisins, carrots, and lamb. It is one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan and is considered the Afghan national dish.
It is 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. Kabuli pilau is baked in the oven and may be topped with fried sliced carrots, raisins, orange peel strips, and chopped nuts like pistachios or almonds. The meat is covered by the rice or buried in the rice mixture.
The meat should ideally be mutton and should be cut into large, meaty chunks. It needs to be cooked till tender to the touch and should fall apart with no resistance at all.
Most important, the rice used should be ‘sella’ rice, *not* basmati. Traditionally, Kabuli Pilau is made with sella rice which is thankfully available on Amazon.
Kabuli Pilau should always be served with a salad. Citizens, this is a delightful recipe that I hope you try at your earliest opportunity!
Battle on – The Generalissimo