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Sep 22, 2005 11:27 AM

afghan food- book club

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i need some ideas for meal served for my book club- reading the kite runner and i've been trying to note what they eat but could use some suggestions- have some vegetarians too and they seem to eat alot of meat in the book


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  1. I enjoyed leek dumplings with yoghurt sauce (and a sprinkle of ground meat)- something like these - when there was an Afghan restaurant in my neighbourhood.


    1. Best vegetarian Afghan food I've had is a big spinach mash - wish I had a recipe for you, all I know is the greens are cooked down quite a bit and spiced. It was delicious.

      The same cook made kefta kebab out of one of those meat substitute products, the "ground beef" type. Recipe was the same as a meat kefta, but grilling time was considerably shorter.

      1. I loved the Kite Runner! I read it in one of my book clubs as well.

        I also love Afghan food. It is sort of a combination of Iranian and Indian cuisine.. lots of great lamb and veggie dishes.

        The Kite Runner mentions a party where Sabzi Challow is served. I love Sabzi Challow! There is a recipe here that was actually prepared for a Kite Runner book group meeting:

        Pilau, a spiced basmati rice is served a lot. Here's a link to one lamb pilau recipe: . This particular recipe has lamb, but you can make it veggie. Look at the recipe to get an idea of the spices that are used and go from there.

        One condiment that they serve with every dish is a yogurt sauce. Mix about 1 c plain yogurt with some salt, about a teaspoon of crushed garlic, and some chopped fresh mint. You can thin it out with a bit of water if you like as well.

        Another condiment is corriander(cilantro) chutney. You can buy it in jars at Indian supermarkets or make it at home. In a blender of food processer mix together about 1 cup of chopped cilantro, 2 garlic cloves, 1 green chili pepper, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Blend until it is almost a paste consistancy. Salt to taste... this goes very well with lamb dishes and other types of kebabs.