I love Afghani food and we are very fortunate to have many good options for Afghani restaurants in Toronto and the GTA. The closest thing I can compare Afghani food to is a mix between Indian food and Middle Eastern food. One dish you can find plenty of in Afghani cuisine is kebabs. Many spices are used to season the meats and rice, but it isn’t spicy hot.
Pictured above is a ground beef kebab and tandoori chicken skewers with pilau rice. It came with two dipping sauces: one tomato-based salsa with a bit of chili pepper and the other was a tangy, zesty sauce that is similar to a ranch dressing. The meat was juicy and succulent, which is always a bonus because I absolutely detest dry meat (especially dry chicken)! It also came with a side of fresh salad containing iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and a ranch-like dressing (similar to the dipping sauce).
And one of the best things about Afghani food is it is often accompanied with some super fresh Afghani naan! It may also be called tandoor naan or Afghan flat bread too.
Both Indian and Afghani naan are cooked in a clay oven, but unlike Indian naan this bread is thicker and harder. However, it is still magically soft and crispy at the same time. The textures of Afghani naan are quite different from Indian naan. Additionally, it is sometimes sprinkled with black cumin seeds for added flavour. I can definitely eat this along with every meal and I’m not even a huge fan of bread.
Afghani food is good when I want something flavourful and spicy, but not so spicy that tears run down my eyes and I end up sniffly with a table full of tissues. It’s delicious and absolutely on my takeout rotation list. If you have never tried it and want to venture into a new culinary domain, try some Afghani food! 🙂