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Kabuli Pulao Recipe, an Afghan national rice and lamb pilaf

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Kabuli pulao or Qabli pulao is a dish from Afghnistan. This dish is prepared from rice with meat and different spices and has a wonderful taste. Afghan people prepare this popular dish for their special occasions and parties. Kabuli Polo is considered the national dish of Afghanistan and a festive and important dish due to the price and quality of the ingredients.

Kabuli Pulao

At first, Kabuli pulao was considered one of the luxurious foods of Afghanistan and was often used by the wealthy class of society. Still, gradually it became more popular in other classes of society. Afghan people prepare Kabuli pulao at weddings and celebrations and enjoy eating it together. In addition to its unique heavenly taste, Kabuli pulao is also very nutritious and useful. For this amazing recipe, stay with Cookery Magazine.


Rice4 cups
Lamb500 grm
Raisin1 cup
Slices almond1/3 cup
Sugar2 Tbsp
Garam masala1/2 tsp
Ground cardamom1/4 tsp
Ground cinnamon500 gram
Black pepper1/4tsp
saltas needed

How to make Kabuli Pulao

Step 1- Preparing the meat

1-You need boneless lamb meat to prepare kabuli pulao. Wash the meat and cut it into 2 cm cubes. Peel the onions and chop them finely. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan, and when it is hot, add the onion. Let the onion fry and turn golden; then add the meat.

2-Let the meat change color slightly. Next, add spices, including black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and gram masala, to the meat and Stir them. Then add one and a half cups of water to the pan and cover it until the meat cooks well and becomes soft. At the last quarter of the meat cooking, add salt and stir.

Preparing the meat

Step 2-Preparing the slices

3-Wash the carrots and cut them into thin slices. Pour some oil into a frying pan and fry the almond slices until it changes color. Remove the almond slices from the pan, put the carrot slices in the pan, and fry a little. Then add the soaked raisins to the carrot and stir. Next, add 2 spoons of sugar to the carrot and raisin mixture and fry.

Step 3- Cooking the rice

The next step in preparing kabuli pulao is cooking the rice. Soak the rice for about an hour before cooking. Pour water into a pot and put it on the flame to boil. After boiling the water, add some salt and the rice to it. Let the rice boil a little, remove stiffness, drain it, and set aside.

Step 4- Combine rice and ingredients

Take a suitable pot and pour half of the drained rice into it. Pour the cooked lamb over the rice. Pour the other half of the rice over the lamb and add the carrot and almond slices at the end. Do not throw away the broth. Pour some of it on the rice and close the pot lid. You can use a paper towel over the pot. Put it on medium heat and reduce the flame after 5 minutes. 30 to 40 minutes is enough time to steam the rice.

Topping and serving Kabuli Pulao

Transfer the Kabuli Pulai to a serving platter, place the remaining lamb on top of the rice, and garnish it with fried almonds, carrots, and raisins.

I hope you try and prepare your Kabuli pulao at home and enjoy it. You can share your experience with us; we would be glad to hear more from you. 

Kabuli Pulao Recipe, an Afghan national rice and lamb pilaf

Frequently asked questions

What is Garam masala?

Gram masala is an authentic Indian spice and has a spicy taste. This spice is prepared from different spices such as nutmeg, green and black cumin, black pepper, red pepper, fennel, cloves, ginger, and coriander seeds.

What is kabuli Pulao made of?

Kabuli Pulai is made by cooking lamb with a delightful blend of spices. The lamb is then piled high on the rice and served with carrots, raisins, and toasted almonds.

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