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Afghan: Qabuli Palow April 28, 2012

Filed under: Afghan,Dinner — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 7:33 am


  • Lamb or Beef – 2½ lbs, large pieces
  • Beef/Lamb broth – 1 cup
  • Basmati rice – 3½ cups
  • Onion – 2 large, diced
  • Garam Masala (spice blend: ground peppercorns, cloves,      cinnamon, cardamom) – 1 tsp
  • Saffron – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Brown sugar – 1 tsp, optional
  • Carrots – 2, julienned (sliced) thin vertical slices
  • Black raisins – 1 cup
  • Almonds – ½ cup, blanched
  • Pistachios – ½ cup, blanched
  • Cooking oil – ½ cup
  • Water – 2 cups


  1. Soak rice in water in a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a heavy large skillet and fry onions until golden brown. Add meat pieces to the fried onion and cook until light brown on both sides. Add salt, garam masala and saffron and fry the meat until the oil separates and rises to the top. Add water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer covered until meat is tender. Add more water if required.
  3. In a separate pan, sauté carrots in a small quantity of oil, add sugar and fry until softened. Remove from pan and keep aside. Add a little oil to the pan and sauté raisins until they swell up. Remove from pan and set aside. Next fry the almonds and pistachios to a golden brown and set aside.
  4. When meat is cooked, remove it from the remaining water/stock with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add rice and salt to the stock, add broth and cook until the liquid comes to a boil. Lower the heat and cook covered until rice is done and dry (about 15-20 minutes). Alternatively, once the water dries up to about 70% of its original quantity, the pan may be placed in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, transfer the rice to an oven-safe serving plate, top with meat in the center surrounded by carrots on all sides, sprinkle with raisins and nuts and heat in the the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.


Qabuli Palow is one of the most famous Afghan dishes that is excpected to be served at weddings, parties, celebrations and major events. Qabuli Palow is a rice dish that can be served as both lunch and dinner. Carrots and raisins are a must but almonds and pishtachios are optional. If an Aghan wants to make thier guests happy then Qabuli Palow is their first pick prepare.


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