Food is a fundamental part of Afghan culture. In this series, we take you through the preparation of a traditional meal that you are likely to find at a restaurant on the streets of Kabul.
Everything starts with spices. A range of spices, both local and imported from neighbours Iran and India, combine to lend the dishes a distinct aroma and flavour.
Besides rice, bread is the other staple carbohydrate. Many dishes are, in fact, eaten with bread instead of rice.
Meat is present in most of the dishes and "kebabs" are what the region is famous for.
What we have here is the most popular Afghan dish "Qabili Palo" - a mix of rice, raisins and chopped carrots.
No Afghan food is complete without pickles. Every vegetable that you can think of is usually pickled.
Dry fruits are a staple part of Afghan diet. You’ll often find people munching on them while sipping tea, either as dessert or as a snack during the day.
Fruits are present after every meal, with watermelons being the most popular.
Here comes your tray of Afghan food; enjoy!