Afghanistan's proximity to Iran and India has attracted many travellers and invaders over the centuries. As a result Afghan culture has absorbed many foreign influences including Greek, Persian and Indian.These influences have given Afghans a unique culinary heritage. Whilst Afghan cuisine does include a few vegetarian dishes, there is no doubt that it is predominantly meat based. Happily it lends itself very well to adaptation, as in this rice and lentil dish, with garnishes of carrots, raisins and almonds. Enjoy!