Thanksgiving Recipes: 5 Perfect Afghan Dishes

written by Mirriam Seddiq
11 · 20 · 22

Everyone is looking for Thanksgiving recipes this week. You may not be thinking about it, but Afghan food is perfect for days like Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Recipes
Picture of Borani Kaddu

If you’re looking for something different to spice up your Thanksgiving this year, why not try some Afghan dishes? Afghans have a rich and diverse culinary tradition, and our food is perfect for a festive family gathering.

From succulent lamb kabobs to creamy lentil soup, we have a dish to please everyone at the table. So gather up your best recipes and get cooking! We can’t wait to share in the feast.

If you want to read my take on why Afghan food is great for thanksgiving, go ahead. If you don’t, skip to my top ten best Afghan recipes for Thanksgiving.

What Makes a Good Thanksgiving Dish?

It should be flavorful, filling, and easy to put together while being unique enough to stand out from the other dishes.

Afghan cuisine offers all of these features and a host of spices, aromas, and textures that make each dish special. Our best recipes are simple but delicious combinations of vegetables, herbs, and meats that will keep everyone coming back for more.

What to learn more about Afghan culture? Read this article.

5 Best Thanksgiving Recipes Afghan-Style

Borani Kadoo – Kaddo – Afghan Pumpkin

Some people are surprised when they hear that one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan is pumpkin. Borani Kadoo – Kaddo is a delicious mix of roasted pumpkin (or other squash) mixed with creamy yogurt and rich fried onions. Pumpkin is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Kabuli pulao recipe – Afghan National Dish

Kabuli Pulao is perfect for Thanksgiving for so many reasons. It is rich, filling, and beautiful. Also if you are the type that likes to coordinate colors, the carrots make for the perfect match.

Vegan Biryani – A Thanksgiving Fusion of Flavors

I am Afghan and American. I wanted to come up with a dish that Afghans would love to eat any time of the year but could also fuse with a Thanksgiving dinner table. This dish uses the best long-grain basmati from Aahu Barah, roasted root vegetables, fried onions, and saffron. A real people-pleaser.

Borani Banjan – Easy Eggplant Recipe

This is an Afghan recipe for borani banjan made with eggplant and yogurt. Eggplant is mixed with yogurt, garlic, and other spices and then cooked on a stovetop or baked in the oven. Afghan borani banjan is one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan. Eggplant is a perfect Thanksgiving dish and will look beautiful on your table.


Mashawa Soup – Afghan Vegetable and Barley Soup

This soup is a perfect way to open up a large Thanksgiving feast.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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