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Afghani Cuisine Recipes!
Yes, if you are an ethnic food lover of all things Asian, this South and Central Asian country has some wonderful culinary treats to offer. And we are offering them for you now, on our Afghani Cuisine Recipes page.
If you are invited into a traditional Afghanistan home for dinner, you will be treated to the eating ritual of “Dastarkhan” – which is the name for how, in traditional Afghan Cuisine, a dinner meal is served. Here’s how it is done …
Of great value to Afghanis, in their cultural expression, is the quality of their floor carpet (rug). And no matter rich or poor, providing a pleasing dastarkhan is of importance to every family. This is especially the case when hosting guests.
Everyone sits cross-legged on the floor, on the perimeter of a very large attractive cloth laid over the home’s carpet rug. A young member of the family will usually present the “aftabah wa lagan” – this is a magnificently crafted copper basin holding an ornate copper pot that is filled with fresh, clean water.
In accordance with the tenets of traditional Islam, you eat with your hands. And in strict Muslim tradition, you only handle the food with your right hand, as the left hand is considered “unclean”.
Cleanliness, then, at the dastarkhan is very important. The young person attend to each guest first, then to the rest of the family, pouring fresh water over their hands. You are provided soap, and, when your hands are cleansed, you are provided with a cloth to dry them.
When all hands are clean, the dastarkhan is formally ready to start. Out will come warm, fresh baked breads and various accompaniments, appetizers, relishes, rice, salads, fruits, and main entrees. Fastidious care is given to the arrangement of how the foods are laid out on the cloth. The host’s main concern is that the guests have the easiest access to all the different entrees.
Ready to indulge? Good. Hop on over to Afghani Cuisine Recipes, and start enjoying the culinary wizardry that the cooks of Afghanistan have created. A culture that has existed for over two thousand years has lots to offer, trust me!
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