Our love of Afghan food started a few years ago when friends of ours invited us to eat at the renowned Helmand restaurant in Baltimore. The restaurant is owned by the brother of Afghanistan President Karzai, and naturally, everything we tasted that night was unforgettable. Since then, we've explored other Afghan restaurants closer to us. (We highly recommend Bamian in Falls Church. Very delicious and so much closer to us than Baltimore!) Dishes like Kadu, (sweet baby pumpkin), Ashak (scallion dumplings) and Naan (traditional bread) relieve our hunger pangs, but also feed our addictions for Afghan food.
The next sensible progression of our fascination with the tastes of Afghanistan is to cook it ourselves! One of my most recently acquired cookbooks is the Classic Afghan Cookbook. The author, Mousa Amiri, owns a popular Afghan restaurant in Sacramento, and the recipes looked so good, we had to give it a shot. So on this past 4th of July, we celebrated with an Afghan feast! Stay tuned for a post on the dishes we made from this cookbook!