Seven years ago, we lived in a suburb of Washington DC. Having spent my life in the rural Midwest there were many things that came as a bit of a culture shock to me. I was fortunate to have traveled and quite adventurous when it came to trying new food. Around the corner from our new apartment we found several different ethnic food options. There was a large Korean grocery store – that always had the most inexpensive and varied produce around. There was a Mexican bakery – of which I became a loyal customer. Then there was an Afghani Kebab restaurant. It took me a long time to get up the courage to try it out, but my husband waltzed right in. We soon fell in love with the deliciously seasoned kebabs, flavored rices, and long tandoor style flat bread. When we would come home later from work completely exhausted it didn’t take much convincing to order an incredibly cheap takeout meal. Soon Afghani food delivery was more common at our house than pizza delivery!
You’ll see that there are some similiarities between Indian, Afghani, Iranian, and Pakistani foods – they’re all neighbors and share similar food traditions. What has always made me enjoy Afghani food is the layers of flavor, and the lack of heat. The food is well spiced but it’s not spicy. You’re going to love Afghani Style Chicken Pulao!