Qaboli Palaw

Qaboli Palaw
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Afghani
Author: HalalRecipe
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Serves: 4
Qaboli Palaw (Kabuli Pulao) is an Afghan pilaf dish consisting of steamed rice mixed with lentils, raisins, carrots and lamb. It is one of the most popular dishes in Afghanistan and Pakistan and is considered the Afghan national dish.
  • 1 lb long grain rice, preferably basmati
  • 4 fl oz vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lb lamb on the bone or 1 chicken, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 pint water
  • 2 large carrots
  • 4 oz black seedless raisins
  • 2 tsp char marsala or cumin
  • 1/4 tsp saffron (optional)
  • 2 1/2 pints water
  • salt and pepper
  1. Brown 1 medium diced onion in oil. Fry until the onion is fairly dark. Add 1 lb lamb or beef cut into 1″-2″ cubes and brown lightly.
  2. Add 2 cups of water, 1 tsp. Salt and 1 to 1 ½ tsp each (cinnamon, ground cumin and ground cardamom) Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about an hour.
  3. Remove meat from the juice and set juice aside. Cut 3 carrots into match stick size pieces. Saute carrots and 1 tsp sugar in about 1/4 cup of oil. Cook until they are lightly browned. Remove from oil Add 1 cup of raisins (I prefer golden sultanas) to the oil and cook until they swell up.
  4. Boil the meat juice and add 2 cups basmati (very long grained) rice, 1 ½ tsp salt and enough boiling water to come 2 inches over the rice. Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender–but NOT mushy.
  5. Mix the meat, carrots, raisins and rice together. Place in a large oven-proof casserole, cover and bake at 300 degrees for about a half hour–or up to an hour. To serve–place on platter, making sure the carrots and raisins show on top.


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