Afghan Eats

  • Kabul Afghan Cuisine
    Full-service Afghan restaurant in San Carlos, Sunnyvale and Burlingame.
  • East West Gourmet Afghan Foods
    These friendly folks sell tasty bolani with spreads and sauces at farmer's markets all over Northern California and at selected Whole Foods markets. We are especially fond of the cilantro pesto and garlic mint cheese.
  • de Afghanan Kabob House
    Though a tiny, hole in the wall joint along the "little Kabul" strip of Fremont, CA, it is highly atmospheric with the purveyors grilling savory kebabs and hand making bolani as you wait for your food.
  • Helmand Restaurant in San Francisco
    A lively and attractive Afghan restaurant with great food and a friendly staff.

Great Reads

  • Khaled Hosseini: And The Mountains Echoed
  • Fariba Nawa: Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan
  • Tamim Ansary: Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan
  • Rory Stewart: The Places In Between

Blogs We Like

Non-Profit for Afghanistan

  • Afghan Friends Network
    Humaira co-founded Afghan Friends Network to help women and girls in Afghanistan. We currently education 500 girls, 250 boys and 80 women.
  • Aid Afghanistan for Education
    Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) is dedicated to empowering Afghans and rehabilitating the education system in Afghanistan.

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06/29/2009

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Mary - Yes, you can definitely substitute cumin. I am sure it will still be very delicious. Also, to add extra flavor, add 1/2 a teaspoon of dried mint to your bowl. It tastes heavenly. - Humaira

I hope that I can substitute cumin for coriander/cilantro because I cannot eat it in any recipe! Do you have another suitable substitution for coriander/cilantro?

It's great to hear from you and see what you've been up to. In your blog I feel your enthusiasm for life. thank you.

thanks for this. please add "dried mint" to the ingredients list. i didn't read the instructions, onlythe ingredients before i went shopping, and i'm now at home with no mint!! best omar

salam Humair Ghilzai,
this is more like a request than a comment so if you dont want to publish in your comment area that's cool with me, i tried to find your contacts but couldnt locate them so here i am using the comment feature. the request i am about to make is that can you please post a recipe for 'kitchree quroot' preferably lamb/beef one. i would greatly apprciate that Great Humaira.

thanks for your valuable time and effort

Ikram Khan

I add sliced and lightly grilled white button or brown mushrooms in almost all my ground beef recipes. that I prepare.
Sweet peppers is also a very nice addition. Medium raw beef, with mushooms, onions and sweet peppers are my favorite combination.

When I lived in the San Diego area some 20 years ago I used to love a vegetarian dish at an Afghani restaurant, Khyber Pass in NE San Diego and have searched for recipes for years. It was a dish of three different colored rice, a spinach - green rice, a pumpkin or squash rice (orange) and a red rice (cherry-flavored). What was striking was that the colors were so bright - the green was a bright green, not that dark army green that you frequently see when spinach is added. Do you have any recipes or ideas for how to make this? The restaurant owner tried to explain it to me - but it was far too complicated to try to reproduce from a conversation.

This is a great dish and it is easy to make. I had it a couple of times at Humaira's house and was very happy to test the recipe. Of course, I preferred having Humaira make it and then sharing it with her and her family--Jim, Aria and Sofia. It did taste the same when I made it and I will make it again and again.

This is a great dish and it is easy to make. I had it a couple of times at Humaira's house and was very happy to test the recipe. Of course, I preferred having Humaira make it and then sharing it with her and her family--Jim, Aria and Sofia. It did taste the same when I made it and I will make it again and again.

Thank you Humaira Jan. We will definately put more Qorma recipes in the near future.

Hello,

It was great coming across your site and having concrete recipes for Afghan food. I would love to see more recipes for kormah, the tasty sauces we put on our rice.

i grew up on aush! this takes me back to my childhood, my madre kalaan used to get quroot for aush, from peshawar. i too, shall be posting a recipe for aush, soon, love yours. lovely blog.

This is a great dish and it is easy to make. I had it a couple of times at Humaira's house and was very happy to test the recipe. Of course, I preferred having Humaira make it and then sharing it with her and her family--Jim, Aria and Sofia. It did taste the same when I made it and I will make it again and again.

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  • Humaira was born in Afghanistan and now lives in California. She reconnects to her roots by writing about Afghan culture and cooking the foods of her homeland. She passionately shares the wonders of her beleagured country through its rich culture, delicious food and stories about her experiences in Afghanistan. Humaira consults on Afghan culture, speaks about Afghanistan and is a social activist.

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