How to cook afghan rice ( qabili palau)

fixed qabili palu

First time when I tried to cook Afghani rice was difficult for me .It requires  more time and attention  than other rice recipe  .Thanks to my husband and mother in law they helped me to make this delicious dish. And why not to share with you guys the  Afghani recipe rice.

Before I start I want to share this picture too:

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                                                                                                                                                               That was my trip visiting my family . I cooked for them Afghani food and they like it.


  •  2 cup Basmati rice ( I used baghlane brand )
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
  •  3 medium onions
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden  raisin
  •  1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cup water for chicken
  •  water to cook rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Step 1:Cooking the Chicken

In a pot  over high heat add 3 tbsp. of oil , the 3 chopped  medium onions, and fry the onions until lightly golden brown. Add the  chicken meat , 2 cups water, salt, cinnamon ,black pepper and  cardamom. Cover the pot and let the chicken cooked until tender and soft  for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and set the sauce aside.

Step 2: Cooking Carrots and raisins

In large frying pan add carrots ,raisins , sugar and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil  , stir it until cooked and become tender.

Step 3:Cooking the rice

Usually I put the rice in water like about 2 hours . In large pot add the water to boil over medium heat, then add the rice let it cooked (not soft not firm ). Strain the rice and put it back to the same pot ,adding  the sauce , the cumin and 1/2 cup of oil . Mix all the ingredient together and make sure not breaking the rice . Place the chicken in the middle ,the carrots and raisins in the corner, cover the pot and bake the rice for 30 minutes .

Step 4: serving

In plat place the rice then the chicken and cover chicken with another layer of rice . add the carrots and raisins.

bon appetit.


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