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We are in a business trip in the Bay Area. On the way from the airport (Oakland) we were passing through Fremont and I remembered that the city is essentially the west coast capital of Afghanistan. So I called H and got the name of the the locals favorite Afghan restaurant: Salang.

We ordered Mantu for appetizer (afghan ravioli with a light white beef sauce and yogurt dressing). We followed with Chapli Kabab (very fine ground beef mix with lots of herbs and bread crumbs and than grilled) and Qabili Rice (basmati rice with lamb, nuts, mix raising, and shaved carrots).

One quick note. Alcohol is not sold in the restaurant, but you can bring your own bottles (and I believe there is no corkage fee).

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We had a great dinner in Vancouver. Shahnaz made us some great afghan traditional dishes.

 

qurma e alobokhara (chicken with dried prunes)
mash palau

Shahnaz tells me that this is a traditional dish that can be made with chicken or lamb. Even in the old days in Afghanistan this was considered a bit of a special dish for special occasions.

This dish is always served with “chalau” (steamed white long basmati rice). Last night we also had it with mash palau. Mash Palau is basmati rice stir fried with moong dahl (mong beans).

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Baadnjan boranai over chaka (eggplant over a dense spiced yogurt)

The eggplant are lightly grilled.  Onions are sauteed on a different pan.   The onion are than poured on the eggplant with tumaric, garlic, olive oil, salt and a dash of hot water.

They are served over yogurt, which is very dense because the water has been filtered out.

 

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Mash Awa (thick bean soup with a dash of thick yogurt)

All the beans are actually socked for a day or so.  To add a bit of taste they are cooked on a chicken stock.

The trick to give it a bit of the “afghan” feel is adding lots of garlic, onion, ground fresh ginger, and pepper.

Another trick is adding a spoon of short grain rice that actually ends up adding thickness to the soup.

 

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