20 Most Popular Food To Try In Afghanistan

Located in Central Asia, Afghanistan has always been a place of great warriors who have ruled the country for centuries. These legends left behind this civilization as they faded away. These hero chefs’ delectable cuisine is still a beloved aspect of the country and a sought-after export. Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, attracts visitors from around the world who come to sample the country’s delectable cuisine. Aromatic spices and herbs are commonly used in most cuisines. They’re typically served with delicate, delicious meat and plain rice or naan (Indian flatbread). To help you plan your next trip to Afghanistan, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of the most popular foods.

1. Bolani (Stuffed Fried Flatbread)

However, this process of making bolani is significantly distinct from other methods of packing anything inside a ” shell layer.” They serve this bolani as a side dish for an Afghan-inspired meal at home. In terms of contents, a typical bolani piece consists of red lentils, pumpkins, chives, potatoes, and so on. Think about dipping the crispy crust into an Afghani cilantro sauce, and I’m immediately salivating.

1. Bolani Stuffed Fried Flatbread

2. Afghan Kabab

As one of the world’s most popular dishes, Afghan Kebab is considered one of the greatest. It’s not only simple to make, but it’s also quite tasty. There are many types of kebabs, but Afghani kebabs are among the greatest in the world. The red chili powder in the dish adds a kick, so diners keep coming back for more. Afghan kebabs go well with a variety of main courses.

2. Afghan Kabab

3. Aushak

Ramadan and other Islamic festivals are ideal times to enjoy Aushak, one of the most popular Afghan meals. Chives, tomato purée, and meat sauce fill the pasta dumplings, which are then topped with a yogurt sauce and dried mint leaves. Aushak’s original recipe calls for lamb, but there is a vegetarian variation. Garlic naan is a popular accompaniment to aushak, but it isn’t required.

3. Aushak

4. Chopan Kabob

Cooking chopan kabob is a Pashtun delicacy because it uses lamb meat grilled over a charcoal mankal from Afghanistan. A Pashto word meaning shepherd, “chopan” referred to those who skewered slices of lamb with twigs or short branches and cooked them over a fire while keeping a close eye on their herds. Chopan kabob can be obtained in various street stalls known as Dukan-e-kebab, which sell kebabs. Jijeq (fat from the sheep’s tail) is commonly used to flavor lamb skewers, while pre-marinated meat is also common.

4. Chopan kabob

5. Aush (Afghan Style Spaghetti)

Visitors to Afghanistan should not miss the opportunity to sample the country’s most famous dish, Aush, at least once. In Afghanistan, there are two primary types of Aush. First up is a chickpea-and-veggie-based dish that’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The second one is more flavorful with noodles and meatballs from lamb or beef. Thanks to exceptional tomatoes and broth, the dish will have a mild sourness and richness.

5. Aush Afghan Style Spaghetti

6. Mastawa

Chicken and short-grain rice are combined with sun-dried mutton known as lahndi to make a traditional Afghan winter dish that is aromatically flavored with onion-garlic-tarragon-coriander-mint broth. Sticky rice is flavored and spicy with the addition of narenj or bitter orange peel and hot peppers at the end of cooking.

6. Mastawa

7. Kabuli Pulao (Afghan Rice With Lamb)

Kabuli pulao is a simple dish because it only requires a few components to produce. Because of its popularity, it has been dubbed Afghanistan’s national dish. It is a pulao made with mutton and lamb, combined with a meat stock known as yakhni, which is slow-cooked. Only a few spices are needed for this dish, which is flavored by cooking it in lamb fat. Later, raisins and carrots are added to the plate for a little sweetness. It is a staple meal in every Afghan home and religious gathering.

7. Kabuli Pulao Afghan Rice With Lamb

8. Boorani Kadoo

Cubed pumpkin or squash is a key component in this Afghan meal, which is cooked for hours in a fragrant mixture of onions, garlic, coriander, ginger, turmeric, and chili peppers. It can be served as the main meal or as an accompaniment. Garlic-spiked yogurt and naan bread are usually offered as a garnish. Afghan flatbreads are commonly used to scoop up the meal, although they can also be served over white rice, known as shallow, if desired.

8. Boorani kadoo

9. Afghani Chicken

It is one of the most well-known Afghan dishes, and you can find it all over India. It’s a slightly spicy chicken dish that can be eaten as a tikka and as a gravy. The tikka is served with green chutney and onion rings on which lemon juice has been squeezed. The one with sauce is made with fresh cream, curd, and cashew paste, and it tastes amazing. It tastes best with rumali roti and onion rings topped with green chutney.

9. Afghani Chicken

10. Borani Banjan

A fragrant tomato sauce and a thick yogurt seasoned with garlic and mint make this Afghan vegetable dish one of the most flavorful in the world. To accompany Kabuli lamb pilaf, it’s best to serve the Banani Banjan side dish with Afghan Naan flatbread rather than as a stand-alone dish.

10. Borani Banjan

11. Tukhum Bonjan (Afghani Fried Eggs With Tomatoes)

This tukhum Bonjan is one of the most popular Afghani breakfasts. The first meal of the day is quite important in Afghan cuisine; thus, the cooks make it as nourishing as possible. Tomatoes, eggs, and a variety of spicy, aromatic spices form the basis of this dish. A milk-based tea and flatbread are traditional accompaniments for the Afghani delight.

11. Tukhum Bonjan Afghani Fried Eggs With Tomatoes

12. Mantu (Meaty Afghan Dumplings)

Afghani dumplings stuffed with ground beef or lamb are mantu, manto, or manti. Even Saudi Arabian cuisine includes this ingredient. Lamb is placed inside a pastry shell called a mantus. Boiling or steaming are the two options for preparing them. To enhance the presentation, they are often topped with yogurt and garlic. Most importantly, they may be made in any size and end with various sauces.

12. Mantu Meaty Afghan Dumplings

13. Chopan Kabob (Roasted Lamb Racks)

Lamb racks (not the boneless sections) and the fat from the sheep tail are used to construct a chopan or lamb kabob for extra tastes. Lamb was seasoned with salt and barbecued over an open fire by ancient sheepherders thousands of years ago. A staple of Pashtun cuisine, the chopan kabob has become a popular dish in Afghanistan during the past few decades. It’s easy to locate these kebabs on the road at Dunkan-e-kebab stalls. You can choose between flatbread or long-grain rice with your chopan kabob.

13. Chopan Kabob Roasted Lamb Racks

14. Lavash

Lavash is usually baked in a Tandoor or Tawa to preserve its original flavor. Depending on your preference, it can be hard or soft, and the forms can also be different. Lavash can be made in various shapes; rectangular, circular, or square are the most popular. Traditionally, spicy meat and cheese are served on lavash. Typically offered during weddings, this is a popular dish in the Philippines. Lavash is said to bring good fortune and fertility to newlyweds.

14. Lavash

15. Sajji Kabab

Whole lambs are marinated in salt and roasted to medium or well-done doneness to make sajji. A tasty dish can be made with chicken, but lamb is the most common ingredient. This dish can be eaten with rice or naan, depending on personal choice. Traditionally, the naan served with the Sajji Kebab is Kaak, a type of bread baked in an oven.

15. Sajji Kabab

16. Haft Mewa

Dried fruit and nut soup are usually made the night before Afghanistan’s New Year celebration, Naw Roz, which takes place on March 1. To make Haft Mewa, which means seven fruits, you’ll need raisins, almonds, pistachio nut butter, walnuts, dried fruits like oleaster berries, and sweetened water or rosewater.

16. Haft Mewa

17. Gosh-E-Fil

Fried sweet pastry, gosh-e-fil appears to be. In an inventive way, the dough is formed. Those who have mastered the art of baking devote a lot of time and effort to making this dish look and taste great. Pistachios and powdered sugar are sprinkled on top of each slice for an extra dose of sweetness. Parties and family gatherings are common venues for its consumption.

17. Gosh e Fil

18. Afghan Jalebi

The second most popular Afghan dessert after baklava is Jalebi. Jalebi is a golden-colored cake made with a flour mix, fermenting sugar, butter, and saffron powder. The fascinating part of making Jalebi is watching the Afghani put the paste-like material into a bag, cut a small hole in it, and “drizzle” it into the hot, scorching oil pan. The locals recommend that you eat it when it’s still warm, so you should try it.

18. Afghan Jalebi

19. Sheer Khurma

Sheer khurma is the most popular sweet dessert in Afghanistan. Muslims prepare this dish on certain occasions, like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid al-Azha. It is made using vermicelli, milk, and a variety of dried fruits, depending on where you are in the world. On the first day of Eid al-Adha, sheer khurma is usually served for brunch and given to guests throughout the day. Pure khurma’s rich flavor elevates these pleasant times to a new level.

19. Sheer Khurma

20. Malida (Whole Wheat Afghan Treat)

If you are looking for Malida, you can locate it in Afghanistan and northern India. However, the Afghan version, which is a genuine article, has a tiny visual difference. A traditional Afghan sweet confection, Malida is often produced for religious events in its native country (weddings, festivals, religious ceremonies). That proves the importance of this dessert in Afghanistan. Afghans enjoy this sweet with a cup of hot tea to bring out the flavors of cardamom, sugar, and breadcrumbs.

20. Malida Whole Wheat Afghan Treat