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Hi Mariah- I had no idea about Alice Springs. Thank you for sharing. I have travelled around Australia --- a fabulous country. - Humaira

Thank you so much. I am going to an Afghani party and was asked to bring baclava. My daughter and i will bake together. I have made Greek baclava before but this is a nicer recipe. Did you know that Alice Springs where I work is the Afghan capital of Australia, hence the Aussie railroad " the Ghan" and all our camels. A Very proud heritage.

Thanks Sarah. Congratulations on a great success with the Baklava. - Humaira

I was initially scared to make this, for fears it was going to be too difficult, I'd get nervous and completely mess it up! However, I decided to just go for it; I made it for a birthday party and it was a success! Everyone loved it including me! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I love the hint of cardamom (my favorite spice) and rose water; adds such a unique flavor. :)

this looks good i wish i could have binner with you.

Thank you very much for reading the blog. I understand nowadays most people buy cook books to read rather than use. So why not browse a cooking blog too.


Thank you Chloe for your kinds words. We are trying to establish a depository of easy but authentic recipes of Afghan food to make it accessible to all who are interested in Afghan people and Afghanistan's cuisine.

I just got done reading all your blog entries. You have created an important resource for Afghan's cuisine, and I can't wait to try out some of the recipes. Living in the Bay Area, I'm also lucky because I can benefit from your list of markets! I've learned a lot, but was still wondering, what is a typical Afghani breakfast?
Thanks, Chloe

I really love this blog, I'm too lazy to try these recipes, but I love reading your posts.
please keep up the good work.

Yes...you add the 2 cups of sugar when you make the syrup. I neglected to include the sugar in the text of the recipe but have since made the change. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Enjoy. Katie

Hi, your baklava looks delicious!
I am not sure if i am reading your recipe correctly or not but it says to mix 1/3 cup of sugar with the walnuts and cardomom etc. What do we do with the other 2 cups? Does that go into the syrup mixture? I want to make these this week but wasnt sure if i read it properly. Thank you.

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it's lovely!

baklava is made in bosnia, too. i have a bosnian cookery book that has loads of different patterns for cutting the baklava dough. it's gorgeous.

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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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  • 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.

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    Humaira co-founded Afghan Friends Network to help women and girls in Afghanistan. We currently education 500 girls, 250 boys and 80 women.
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  • 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
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