Bolanee – Afghani Style Flatbread

Bolanee, also known as bolani, is a warm Afghani styled stuffed unleavened flat bread. The naan (an alternative name for bread) is soft and the filling is often a vegetable mashed up and enhanced with spices. It’s similar to the Mexican version of a quesadilla, only a traditional bolanee contains no meat or cheese but pure vegetable. These days, there are many contemporary versions that break out of this mold and include other types of vegetables, legumes or meat.

Delicious Bolanee

Bolanee can be found in many Afghani kebob restaurants. The one I had recently was lightly pan fried and stuffed with potatoes, green onions and herbs and it came with a side of mildly minty yogurt sauce for dipping. The bolanee was slightly spicy, but the yogurt helped counteract that. It’s a great appetizer for sharing, like garlic bread. 🙂



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Ohh I’ve always wanted to try this! 🙂 Hoping to find a good recipe for it xx lovely post xx

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Linda! If you find a good one, I’ll be waiting in anticipation for your post. 🙂

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  2. Bushra RB says:

    That looks yummy. I ate it yesterday lol. But it is hard to make without a ‘Bhatti’ (a stove type thing but deep). Ok, so it is easy to make. My mom made it for me and it was so yummy.
    You should try it with some sort of Saalan/Gravy.

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks for the information Bushra. You’re lucky your mom can make you such yummy food. I will see if I can make it one day. 🙂

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      1. Bushra RB says:

        I sure am lucky because not every mom can cook like my mother Haha. Oh, your should totally try it. You can ask me the recipe, I would love to share it.

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      2. Rini says:

        That would be awesome. Could you email it to me at

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