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.
Qabili Palau – The national dish is made from rice, carrots, nuts and spices. The many variation are described in ifood.tv’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.
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.
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 – PBase.com collection of photos of people and places taken as far back as the 60’s.
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)