Looking for New year’s eve recipe ideas? I’ve rounded up 5 of the Afghan (or Afghan-inspired) recipes that I think will be a hit for your new year’s eve.
I tried to include easy and exciting recipes that appeal to many guests.
Afghan Nachos – An Afghan Cooks Exclusive
Afghan nachos do not have deep historical roots in Afghanistan. I was just being silly. But, they are delicious. The idea for Afghan nachos came after a brainstorming session with my Afghan Cooks team. I wanted to find a way to make nachos that had a distinctly Afghan taste to them. So, piece by piece,
Afghan Eggplant Dip
Afghans love eggplant. I’ve loved it my entire life – fried, stewed, in an eggplant dip. Honestly, I didn’t even know this dish could be served as a dip on it’s own since we’ve always had it as a side dish with rice and meat and all the other good Afghan food. But, I’ve discovered that this creamy eggplant dish is fresh and satisfying on its own, no rice required! (But I mean, if you’ve got rice eat it!)
This dip is similar to babaganoush, which is the most well known eggplant dip that I know, but the addition of dill and mint making this a snack that wakes your mouth up. You can easily make this vegan by using a non-dairy yogurt or sour cream while keeping the rest of the ingredients the same. Serve it with bread, pita, or veggies on your charcuterie board, or just on it’s own as an appetizer. Or as a side dish, the way Afghans do.
Chicken Kabob (kebab) Salad
This chicken kabob salad will be the best-grilled chicken salad you’ve ever tasted.
Afghan-Inspired Whipped Feta Dip: A Quick, Delicious Recipe
This whipped feta dip recipe is a product of me seeing so many whipped feta dips on Instagram that I had to make one that was inspired by Afghan flavors.
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Afghan dopiaza is a classic dish made with onions “two ways.”
2.5 pounds of bone-in meat (lamb, beef, or goat)
2 Tablespoons of cooking oil.
4 Large Onions
2 Cups of Split Lentils (yellow is traditional)
3 Garlic Cloves Crushed
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Tumeric
Ground Black Pepper
4 Cups of Water
1. First, prepare your onions. Slice the onions very thin. Take half and set them aside. Take the other half and soak it in white vinegar for quick pickling.
2. Next, heat your pressure cooker so that you can saute. Add your cooking oil. Saute the onions until soft.
3. While the onions soften, simmer your lentil until soft in a different pot.
4. Add your crushed garlic cloves to the pressure cooker, and add your meat.
5. Now add some simple spices. The focus of the flavor is the meat and onions. Add your salt, pepper, and tumeric.
6. Then pour your 4 Cups of water over the meat. Stir.
7. Cook in your Instant Pot on high pressure, meat, and for 30 minutes.
8. For the base, you want to lay some thin bread over your platter. Then, spoon your meat. Add your cooked lentils over it and then, finally, add your pickled onions.
Goes great with some Afghan bread.