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03/27/2014

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Hi Fiona - Great to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. You are absolutely right about the cross over of the food between these countries but we should add Turkey, India and Italy to this list. I hope you find wonton dough or something similar. I travelled in Egypt in the 90s but I can't remember if they have dumpling style dishes. If you are not able to find the wonton wrapper you can always make your own dough, roll out it in think slices and cut them in squares. Of course the steaming time will be much longer, perhaps around 15 minutes since a homemade wrapper will probably be much thicker than the wont on dough. Making my own wrapper is way beyond what I am willing to do for a meal, at least not for an every day meal. Keep in touch. - Humaira

Really appreciate this recipe and ALL your unusual recipes Humaira. I love the fact that to me, food from Afghanistan is like an eclectic cross-section of Pakistani, Mongolian, Persian and Arabian flavours. We enjoy recipes that contain pulses, and as long as I can find the wonton dough here in Cairo, dinner's already sorted for tomorrow! Please post more of your deliciously simple recipes.

Caroliine - I hope you are able to make it this weekend. Please let me know how it turns out - Humaira

Oh my, this looks SO good! I made your aushak recipe and absolutely loved it. I know for sure I will love this recipe too! I will make it this weekend actually if I find the time. Thanks for posting this!

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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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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.

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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  • 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

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