Falafel on a salad cut open

Falafel!

Ah, falafel, one of the Arabic cultures’ most ubiquitous foods. Various groups try to take ownership, and there are plenty of varieties, but all signs point to it’s origins in the Egyptian ta’miyya, which is made with fava beans, and…

Meat and vegetable soup

Afghan Showra-E-Tarkari (Meat and Vegetable Soup)

So, “shorwa” is “soup” in Pashto. In other Arabic regions, shorba, sharba, chorba, etc. “Takari” more or less means “greens”, but contextually vegetables.  And this one has a little bit of everything, with a hearty feel that doesn’t sit too…

Joojeh Kabob as a wrap

Joojeh Kabobs (Persian Chicken Saffron Kabobs)

These kabobs are super simple, but I know a lot of people are put off by the saffron because it’s so expensive. The thing is, it’s only expensive in the grocery store ~ you can find good quality cooking-grade Persian…

Afghan Gosht Korma

So, the kid only had one request for his birthday dinner ~ goat. But it turns out that the local Afghan markets don’t carry it, so I tracked down a local butcher. The most common cut appears to be cubed,…

chapli kabob burger on a plate

Chapli Kabob Burgers

Chapli kabobs are a popular street food in Pakistan. Disc-shaped and fried, they make for a great walk-around food.  Pomegranate seeds are usually added for a little extra zip, but they’re not 100% required to make a tasty kabob. Somewhere…

Keema Matar Curry

Keema Matar – Mincemeat and Peas Curry

So, Kat says this one is a 13/10 and the kid agrees, so I guess that’s an endorsement.  This is mostly a ground meat and tomatoes dish, where the peas add a little something extra. And, like some of my…

Photo of aloo gosht

Aloo Gosht – Pakistani Beef and Potato Stew

Aloo Gosht (literally, potatoes and meat) is one of those comfort-food things that will probably go into regular rotation here, hopefully to the detriment of some of the yummy-but-bad-for-you-glop everyone likes. Beneath the potatoes and beef, there’s a tomato base,…

Sabzi Chalau

Afghan Sabzi Chalau with Lamb (stew)

So, the Afghan sabzi chalau is another one of those sort of ‘generic’ names for dishes, in that it literally means “spinach and rice”. This variant is on the stove top, but some are in the oven, with (or without)…

Afgha Dumplings

Afghani Dumplings (Aushak)

This is almost a universal recipe based on my pokings (everyone does more or less the same thing), and basically consists of dumplings, a yogurt sauce, and a meat sauce. It can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to do*, but…

Kofta Kebabs with roasted vegetables and naan

Kofta Kebabs

…well, mostly anyway.  To date, I haven’t been able to keep them on the sticks.  I think it’s a combination of not kneading the meat mix enough and not waiting  long enough before turning.  Fortunately this makes for nice finger-food…