Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kabuli Pulao

We are kicking out Afghan refugees from our country but we cannot kick Afghani food out of our country because it is DAMN DELICIOUS.

One of my all time favorite Afghan recipe is Kabuli Pulao.

Making a Pulao is so fun. It is like making a baby. There are steps involved. You have to make it in different places and then everything comes along.

This recipe is quite lengthy and has different stages but it is easy to make and the only hard work involved is cutting the DAMN CARROTS.


1 kilogram lamb

1 large onion or 2 medium onions

6 garlic cloves

1 glass of water


10 cups water

4 cups rice

2 tablespoons salt


4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 tablespoons Salt

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon garam masala powder

meat broth (from the cooked lamb)


4 carrots

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 cup water

6 tablespoons oil

1 cup raisins

First of all we will boil the rice.

Cook it until is 3/4th done. Because we have to cover and cook it again.

If you cook it completely right now it will get softer and soggy afterwards.

The rice is done. Time to cook the lamb.

In a pressure cooker add the lamb meat, one onion (without cutting it) and garlic cloves.

Add one to two glass of water. Cook it on whistle for 15 minutes.

Separate the cooked lamb in a bowl.

With your wooden spatula mash and SMASH the cooked onion and garlic until they dissolve with the broth to some extent.

Take the meat broth out in a separate bowl.

Now it is time to caramelize the carrots and prepare the garnishing.

In a non  stick deep pan we will put carrots on low heat. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to it and 1/4 cup of water.

Cover it with a lid.

On a second burner we will add 6 tablespoons vegetable oil in a frying pan and cook the raisins on medium low flame until they become small fluffly balls. LOL.

Then we add the raisins to the carrots and mix them gently.

Place the carrots and raisins in an aluminum foil and wrap it properly just like in the pictures below.

Time to prepare the rice gravy. This will give the rice flavor and color as well.

Melt 4 tablespoons of sugar in a non stick pan on medium low heat and add 1/2 cup of oil.

Add the meat broth which was extracted from the pressure cooker to this mixture.

Add 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon cumin powder and 1 tablespoon of salt in this mixture.

Let everything combine and keep your utensil in movement during all this process or the sugar won't mix properly.

Time to move to the final stage of this recipe.

Put the cooked rice in a pan and drizzle all the gravy on them.

Mix the rice properly and place the carrot/raisin aluminum parcel on it.

Wrap the lid of this pan with kitchen cloth and cover the pan.

Cook for 5 minutes on high heat and 10 minutes more on low heat.

That is it. Kabuli pulao is ready to serve.

The traditional way to serve Kabuli Pulao is to put a layer of rice on the tray, put a layer of cooked lamb on the layer of rice and cover the layer of lamb with another layer of rice. On top of this savory mountain add the carrots and raisins for garnishing and flavor boost.

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