We had a great dinner in Vancouver. Shahnaz made us some great afghan traditional dishes.
qurma e alobokhara (chicken with dried prunes)
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).
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.
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.