Afghan Vegetarian Recipes

Samoosi Yirakot (stuffed vegetable turnovers) Chakha Eggplant Vegetable Fritters Bonjan Salat (Spicy Eggplant Salad) Boolawnee( Fried Leek Pastries ) Afghan Bread with Spinach Tamarind Potatoes Ginger Tamarind Eggplant Lentil Stuffed Peppers Bouranee Baunjan(Eggplant With Yoghurt Sauce) Sabse Borani Samoosi Yirakot(stuffed vegetable turnovers) Yield: 20 servings Ingredients Dough 1 c Fine matzoh meal 1 Egg, beaten […]

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Afghan Desserts Recipes

Brides Fingers (Asabia el Aroos) Khatai Cookies Sheer Payra Fudge Kadu Bouranee Sabse Borani Baklava Firnee Gosh Feel (Elephant Ear Pastries) Halwaua-e-Aurd-e-Sujee Brides Fingers (Asabia el Aroos) These lovely slender crisps of filo filled with sweetened nuts are as heavenly as baklava, much easier to prepare and to eat, and lower in calories and fat. […]

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Afghan Sauces & Rubs Recipes

Meat Sauce Kabab Sauce Korma Sauce Meat and Fish Rub Salad Dressing Afghan Spice Rub Chatni Gashneez(Coriander Chutney) Hawayej Coriander Sauce   Meat Sauce Ingredients 1 Yellow Onion 1 lb Ground Beef 1 tsp Black Pepper 16 ounce can Tomato Sauce 1 tsp Crushed Garlic 1 tsp Coriander 1 tsp Salt 1 1/2 cups Water […]

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Afghanistan Country Info

OFFICIAL NAME: Islamic State of Afghanistan (The Taliban referred to the country as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.) Geography Area: 648,000 sq. km. (252,000 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than Texas. Cities: Capital (1999/2000 UN est.) Kabul–1,780,000. Other cities (1988 UN est.; current figures are probably significantly higher)–Kandahar (226,000); Herat (177,000); Mazar-e-Sharif (131,000); Jalalabad (58,000); Konduz […]

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Afghanistan Festivals

National Holidays: Based on Afghan/Persian Solar Calendar (365 days) Now-Roz (New Year) March 21 Victory of the Muslim Nations April 28 Anniversary of Revolution April 29 Afghan Independence Day August 19 National Labour Day (May Day) May 1 Religious Holidays: Based on Islamic Lunar Calendar (355 days) Islamic New Year (First of Muharram) February 1, […]

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Afghanistan – Report 2006

The Afghan media played a crucial role in the run-up to September 2005 legislative elections, the first since the fall of the Taliban. At the same time, there was an escalation of violence and harassment towards the press throughout the country. A young reporter was killed and a score of others assaulted. Religious conservatives, who […]

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Afghan Culture

Cultural Life In Afghanistan Afghanistan has a rich cultural heritage covering more than 5,000 years. Because of almost complete isolation from the outside world, however, little in art, literature, or architecture was produced between the 16th and early 20th centuries. Because most Afghans live outside the cities, their mode of living can be described as […]

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Short Afghan Wisdom Stories

Don’t Be Taken In By The Rat Race A minister once fell from grace. He left court and joined a group of dervishes. By virtue of their company, he achieved peace of mind and a reformed character. The ruler soon changed his mind and decided to reinstate the disgraced minister. The man refused and said: […]

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Traditional Costumes

Cotton and wool are the main material used in Afghanistan and these are woven and dyed and made into garments by each family or group. Women wear the Chadri, which covers a woman from head to foot. with a latticed slit for the eyes, is made of cotton in shades of blue, brown, black. In […]

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Afghan Superstitions

A mag-pie is sitting on the wall, some message might come to us. Cover your bald head or else it may start raining. 🙂 Don’t beat against the sandalI, it might rain. (sandalI is a popular means of keeping families warm in winter. It consists of a wooden squaretable about 40cm high covered with a […]

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