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Bolani recipe, a crispy Afghan stuffed faltbread

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It is time to make a delicate and easy-to-cook Afghan snack. Bolani is a type of flatbread filled with vegetables such as potatoes, scallions, leeks, lentils or pumpkins, and most often, it is fried but occasionally baked. This fried bread is an easy-to-cook, cheap, and very popular dish in Afghanistan. Afghans bake Bolani in a tandoor, the primary cooking equipment of the sub-continent region. They usually prepare it for iftar(the time to break the fast in Ramadan) with various pickles.


This tasty fried bread is a great choice to serve as a starter, but depending on your preferences could be an entire meal by itself. In traditional recipes, it is served with plain yogurt or mint yogurt sauce. also, Bolani is a popular street food in Afghanistan. Ā Here we are going to teach you how Bolani is made. Do not leave us; you will definitely have fun in Cookery Magazine.

Ingredients for Bolani dough

Lukewarm1 cup
Flour3 cups
Oil1/2 Tbsp
salt2 tsp
Active dry yeast1/2 tsp

Ingredients for Bolani  filling

potato2 large size
Green onion6 branches
Green chili flake1
Chopped fresh cilantro1 cup
Ground cilantro seeds1 Tbsp
Salt, pepper, turmericas needed
oilas needed

How to make Bolani

Step 1- preparing Bolani dough

You need the dough to prepare Bolani. Take a large bowl and pour lukewarm water, oil, salt and yeast into it. Stir a little, and then slowly add the flour. While adding the flour, continue to mix until the flour is combined with the other ingredients.

Knead the mixture for 3 minutes until it becomes soft and elastic. Be careful that the dough should not be too sticky. If you think your dough needs more flour, add a little more. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 2- Cooking potato

Peel the potatoes, wash and cut them into tiny cubes. Put a pot of boiling water on the flame, and add the potatoes. Let the potatoes cook well and become soft. Then drain them.

Step3- preparing filling

Take a large bowl and put the cooked potatoes in it. Chop the onions and add to along with the chopped coriander. Grind the green chilli flake and add to the bowl along with salt, black pepper, coriander seeds and turmeric. Mash the potato with a fork and stir well until the ingredients are completely mixed.

Step 4-Spreading the dough

Divide the prepared dough into 8 parts and shape each into a ball. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and place the ball of dough on it. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to form a thin circle with a diameter of 20 cm.

Step 5- filling the dough

Take one-third of the potato mixture and pour it on half the dough. Be careful to leave a distance of one centimetre around the dough. Spread the mixture well on the semi-circle. Wet your finger and rub around this half circle until the dough becomes sticky.

Then place the other semi-circle on the material and press a little with your hand to release the air between it. Press around the semi-circle with your hand until the Bolani dough is completely closed.

Step 6-frying the Bolani

Place a large frying pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into it and wait until it heats up. Put the filled dough in the pan and let it fry for 2-3 minutes until one side is completely golden. Turn the Bolani until the other side is red and golden. Then remove it from the pan. Do this for the other 7 pieces of dough.

Afghan Bolani recipe

Serving the Bolani

Traditionally Bolani is served with plain yogurt or a mint sauce. You can add a squeeze of lemon, garlic, and black pepper to the plain yogurt and serve with Bolani. You can also use sour cream or Greek yogurt with this if you prefer.

Bolani recipe

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I saddest try this wonderful recipe at home and share your experience with us; I promise you will fall in love it.

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