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    Rice from Afghanistan

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    33 mins

    15 mins

    18 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    Found on I don't know how authentic this recipe is to the rice served in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the directions were incomplete and ingredients were missing from the list. I made do with what I had to work with here.

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    1. 1
      Soak the rice for 15 minutes. Wash well and drain. (I try to remember to soak and drain the rice first thing in the morning.).
    2. 2
      Heat the oil in a skillet or pot on medium and fry the onions until brown; about 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and mace, and sauté a few minutes or until the spices start to smell fragrant. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the sugar; let the sugar caramelize about few minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the rice and sautè for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently and scraping up any rice that sticks to the bottom of the pan. Add salt to taste.
    5. 5
      Stir in 2 cups boiling water; bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low for 18 minutes or until the rice is perfectly cooked and the water has completely absorbed.
    6. 6
      Transfer rice to a serving platter.
    7. 7
      Remove the whole cloves before serving or at least warn the diners.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 14, 2013


      I made this lovely rice to go with a creamy chicken dish yesterday evening and it was pure pleasure with each bite. The seasoning is spot on for my taste and I will surely be making this again. :D

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    • on June 21, 2013


      Delicious! Everyone loved it. There wasn't as much caramelization as I was expecting when I added the sugar. I served this with Annacia's Not My Mothers Meatloaf or Meatloaf for an Expat in Morroco. Can this be a NA/ME Tag the next time you're IT? ;)

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    • on June 14, 2013


      I used brown basmati rice, so cooked it about 40 minutes. Loved the nice spices in this. Made for Vegetarian swap-June 2013.

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    Nutritional Facts for Rice from Afghanistan

    Serving Size: 1 (86 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 260.0
    Calories from Fat 76
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 298.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 4.7 g
    Protein 4.0 g

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