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Author Notes: Afghan Kabuli Pulao —RawSpiceBar
RawSpiceBar’s Afghan Pulao Spices
cups basmati rice
large onions, diced
ounces pistachio nut slivers
ounces almond slivers
large carrots, scraped and julienned
cup sugar, divided
salt and pepper to taste
- Earlier in the day: Place the rice in a large colander and run cold water over it to rinse it well.
- Now pour the rice in a large bowl and cover it with cold water to soak for 4 to 5 hours.
- Pour 1/6 cup of sugar into a large, hot saucepan over medium heat and keep shaking the pan until the sugar caramelizes.
- Add 1 cup of the reserved lamb stock, the RawSpiceBar’s Afghan Pulao Spices, salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
- Drain the soaked rice. Then, following the cooking directions on the package, boil it until just soft. Drain again and pour the rice over the caramelized sugar mixture and stir until the rice is well coated.
- Using a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and the remaining sugar and stir for 5 minutes or until caramelized and glossy. Add the raisins and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
- With the underside of a large wooden spoon punch holes all over the rice allowing the steam to escape. Drizzle rice with olive oil.
- Now, top the rice with the carrot mixture and the prepared lamb.
- Cover with a tea towel and the lid of the pan. Make sure the towel is under the lid so it doesn’t burn. Now turn the heat to high and cook the rice mixture for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep it covered for 10 more minutes.
- To serve, cover a large platter with a layer of the rice, spoon the lamb over it, and then all the remaining rice. Top with the carrot mixture and finally with the almonds and pistachios. This serves a large family, as is traditional with Afghan communities.