This month we are exploring Afghan cuisine for International Food Challenge. Afghan cuisine abundantly uses nation's chief crops, vegetables, fresh and dried fruits. Afghan cuisine show influences from Central Asian, Eastern Asian, South Asian and the Middle Eastern cuisines. Out of the recipes suggested by Pavani, I tried the popular street food bolani.
Bolani is a vegan flat-bread with a crispy and thin crust stuffed with a vegetable filling. They are made all over Afghanistan by street vendors. The commonly used ingredients for filling are potatoes, spinach, lentils, chives or spring onion. It is quite similar to our Indian aloo paratha. It can be served as an appetizer, side-dish, or main dish along with plain yogurt or mint yogurt.
Notes & Tips
- Yogurt sauce recipe: Mix 1 cup yogurt with dried dill, ¼ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp minced garlic, ½ tsp lemon juice and salt.
- The oil should be hot enough that the bolani sizzles when placed in the pan.