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4 April 2011 Dinner News – Afghanistan

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

Entree

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.

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.

Dessert

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.

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13 March 2011 – Bahrain

An Island in Protest

The focus on protests in Bahrain has come and gone in the last month, but today the activities turned violent:

Guardian Headline on Bahrain Protests

World watches as Bahrain continues to churn.

Many news outlets covered the ongoing tensions between the royal family, the citizens, and growing interest from the government of Saudi Arabia:

Bahrain unrest: Manama erupts in violence (BBC)
Bahrain protesters block roads, royals push for talks (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
More than 800 injured in Bahrain political clashes (USA Today)
Bahrain protests reignited (Guardian UK)

Bahrain is a sharply divided country.  It is the playground for the rich, but currently has a high unemployment rate.  The majority of the country is Muslim with a Sunni royal family ruling over ~66% Shia population (Wikipedia).  To help discuss this island nation here are some recipes of common dishes you might find in restaurants in the capital of Manama:

Entree

Machboos – Rice and protein dish with saffron and spices. Some are saucier while others have stuffing.

Kuwaiti Machboos Lahem Ma’a Dakkous (Lamb, Food.com)
Chicken & Brown Rice Machboos Recipe (Livestrong.com)
Traditional Shrimp Machboos (shahiya.com)

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