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    Afghani Lamb and Rice Dish

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    Cookgirl's Note:

    Known in Afghanistan as quabili pilau, this is a delicious and festive dish. A combination of several quabili recipes that I found online and made my own, my inspiration coming from an Afghani family in town that operates a food cart from which they sell the most delightful Afghani food. This is truly a perfect example of the best fusion of Asian and Arabic ingredients.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Soak saffron threads and set aside.
    2. 2
      Meat: In a large pot in plenty of water add the ground lamb, 2 T. of the onion and salt and pepper. Bring to boil and cook meat for about 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Drain meat and reserve all the cooking liquid. Set meat aside. (It is very important to save the liquid as this will be used to cook the rice.).
    3. 3
      Rice: In pan combine the reserved lamb stock, the rice, the saffron threads-straining the threads but including the soaking water, cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander and the cardamom powder. Cover, bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes or until grains are tender.
    4. 4
      While the rice is cooking saute the carrots with the sugar on medium heat in a little bit of oil about 5 minutes, being careful not to burn. Next add the onion and raisins and saute another 2 or 3 minutes until carrots are slightly tender but still firm, onions are soft and raisins have plumped up. Set aside.
    5. 5
      Lightly oil an oven proof casserole dish. Spoon half of the carrot mixture on bottom of casserole, followed by part of the meat mixture, then some of the rice, layering the ingredients so that you end up with rice on top. Cover and bake about 25 minutes in low oven.
    6. 6
      Remove casserole dish from oven. Garnish with the remaining carrot/raisin mixture and fresh cilantro sprigs. Season with salt if necessary.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 10, 2006


      Very bland - This may be because we normally have spicier food (pakistan descent).

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    • on October 17, 2005


      Nice dish with hint of those eastern flavours. Lamb is pretty fatty though, so if you wanted go get rid of some of it, you could cool down the cooking liquid and remove the fat off the top.

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    • on October 12, 2005


      This was a very nice dish, lovely subtle flavours. The thought of boiling meat makes my blood run cold, but I did it anyway and it turned out fine! We ate this with a yoghurt sauce and a carrot salad - thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Afghani Lamb and Rice Dish

    Serving Size: 1 (182 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 573.3
    Calories from Fat 233
    Total Fat 25.9 g
    Saturated Fat 9.9 g
    Cholesterol 66.2 mg
    Sodium 78.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 15.2 g
    Protein 20.6 g

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    lamb stock

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