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Cuisine of Afghanistan

Afghanistan cuisine has evolved over many centuries. Traditional dishes from Afghanistan remain popular – why not try some favourite Afghanistan recipes?

The cuisine in Afghanistan

Delicious modern-day Afghan cuisine is a mix of two key factors:

  • the people’s relationship to the land and local products
  • influences from neighbouring countries and migrant settlers

For these reasons, you’ll find that food in Afghanistan is quite similar to the cuisines of Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Tajikistan. The European community has also contributed much to modern-day food in Belarus.

Afghanistan dishes are typically based on the nation's chief crops: cereals like wheat, maize, barley and rice.

Although Afghan food may vary between regions, similarities exist: in all parts of Afghanistan you can find fresh yogurt, coriander, garlic, onions, spring onion, tomatoes, potatoes, and fruit.

The following products are popular in Afghanistan: Lamb and chicken

The following herbs and spices are widely used in Afghan cuisine: mint, saffron, coriander, cilantro, cardamom, and black pepper.

Typical Afghanistan appetizers 

Popular salads in Afghanistan

  • Herb Salad
  • Panir Sabzee
  • Mosto Khair
  • Salad Shirazee
  • Shor Nakhut salad

Afghani appetizers are truly scrumptious! Some of the most popular Afghani appetizers are as follows:

  • Ash
  • Bolani
  • Shornakhod
  • Jan-i-Amma
  • Burta
  • Salata

Main courses in Afghanistan

  • Chalaw
  • Palao
  • Qorma
  • Kebab
  • Mantu
  • Ashak

Afghanistan desserts

Afghan desserts are literally lip-licking. They are so delicately prepared and their taste is just so fine that they would leave your mouth-watering for more. 

They serve a variety of desserts along with traditional tea to guests.

  • Asabia el Aroos
  • Baklava
  • Gosh-e-feel (elephant ear pastries)
  • Kadu Bouranee (sweet pumpkin)
  • Firnee

Popular drinks in Afghanistan

  • Common drink in Afghanistan is tea (chai)
  • Dugh (yoghurt flavoured with rose water and salt)
Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2011 06:08