4 April 2011 Dinner News – Afghanistan

04 Apr
Qabili Palau

My first Qabili Palau was a tasty comfort meal

Several disturbing events have occurred over the past weekend surrounding the burning of a Koran in the US… the killing of UN workers in Afghanistan… and the escalating violence of a few in spite of the understanding of far away cultures by the many.  Tonight we will be taking a meal to try to better understand the culture of Afghanistan.  Please join us and share your favorite dishes or memories in the comments.

The Menu


Qabili Palau – The national dish is made from rice, carrots, nuts and spices. The many variation are described in’s article on How To Eat Qabili Palau. traditionally made of mutton, but this recipe switches over to chicken.

Aushak – scallion dumplings served with meat sauce and garlic yogurt.

Afghan Chicken Korma – mild onion and chicken stew.

Side Dish

Nan – Flatbread that is about 1.5 feet long and baked in a clay oven similar to Indian and African breads.

Salaata – Cucumber and vegetable salad.

Chatni Gashneez – Coriander chutney perfect for any grilled meat.


Kadhoo Halwa – Butternut squash and almond dish cooked to a fudge-like consistency. Listed at the end of a good article on the culture of Afghan cuisines.

Khatai Cookies – Cardamom and pistachio sugar cookie.

Rote – Round sweet bread often served with tea for a snack.

The View

Buddahs of Bamiyan

Buddahs of Bamiyan destroyed by the Taliban in 2001

Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures – National Geographic gallery of art from the National Museum of Afghanistan.

Photos of Afghanistan – Collector site of other galleries showing city and rural life before and during times of war.

The most Popular Afghanistan Photos – collection of photos of people and places taken as far back as the 60’s.

The Chatter

Here are a couple of commentaries on the tension in the country and an account of today’s latest in the escalation:

Unrest spreads in Afghanistan (USA Today)

Afghanistan, pushed to the edge (CNN)

Afghanistan: ‘Policeman’ kills two Nato soldiers (BBC)

( Buddhas of Bamiyan taken by Carl Montgomery both used under Creative Commons)



Leave a comment

Posted by on 4 April 2011 in Afghanistan


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: