Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen


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Authentic Afghan recipes interwoven with family narratives and stunning photography

Parwana tells one family’s story of a region long afflicted by war, but with much more at its heart. Author Durkhanai Ayubi’s parents, Zelmai and Farida Ayubi, fled Afghanistan with their young family in 1987, at the height of the Cold War. When their family-run restaurant Parwana opened its doors in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, their vision was to share an authentic piece of the Afghanistan the family had left behind―a country rich in culture, family memories infused with Afghanistan’s traditions of generosity and hospitality.

These recipes have been in the family for generations and include rice dishes, curries, meats, dumplings, Afghan pastas, sweets, drinks, chutneys and pickles, soups and breads. Some are celebratory special dishes while most are day to day dishes. Each has a story to tell.

With beautiful food and location photography, this compilation offers valuable insights into the origins and heritage of Afghan cuisine and a fresh perspective to one of the oldest civilizations.

• Authentic recipes from an Afghan kitchen.

• Inspiration and ideas for special and everyday dishes, combined with stories about the ritual and significance of Afghan ingredients and recipes.

• A vivid and enriching story about how food connects people and communities, showing how food anchors us to our ancestry and can also be a bridge that connects us to people with very different experiences of life.

• With more than 65 million refugees, asylum seekers or displaced people worldwide, there is a poignant universality in this story, regardless of where in the world the story starts and ends.

• Approximately 100 recipes that have been in the family for generations, especially adapted for the home cook.

• Breathtakingly beautiful food photography and family photos.


From the Publisher

More than just recipes

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FAMILY FIRST

A beautiful full-color cookbook, Parwana will transport you to Afghanistan, where you will be able to explore a rich and wonderful culture through the art of cooking. With these recipes, you’ll be able to meet and understand a new family, and feel welcomed into their home, and into their traditions.

Parwana is about more than just food, it’s about family. Author Durkhanai Ayubi beautifully tells his family’s story, about their flight from Afghanistan to Australia, where they opened up their restaurant, Parwana. This raw and real tale invites the reader into Ayubi’s family life, making each recipe incredibly personal, proving how cooking is a form of communion, and can connect us all, even across cultures. With this book, you will be immersed in Afghan culture and Afghan history, while also learning and embracing the traditions of a family.

MAIN COURSES

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In Parwana, you’ll find plenty of recipes to make for dinner. Sabzi, which is a spinach and lamb curry, is just one of the many recipes you can find. In the mood for seafood? Try Mahee, a tasty fried fish! Having a cookout? Make Kebabeh Sikhi, which are delicious lamb skewers! You’ll even be able to learn how to make your own rice, like Challaw or Reshtah Palaw. You can also find great recipes for breakfast, like Tokhme Banjanromi, Afghan breakfast eggs, or Maasteh Khanagi, which is homemade yogurt!

SAUCES, SOUPS, AND SIDES

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Parwana has plenty of sauces, soups, and sides for you to try. Want a good appetizer? Make Aush, a thick soup with noodles. Need something for the side? Try making Salaateh Afghani, a Afghan-style salad. Need something else to bring all your flavors together? Try the Chutney Sabz! From Mantu to Ashak, which are types of dumplings, to Lamb Kofta Sauce, the recipes you’ll find in this book will help make every meal memorable.

FANTASTIC FLATBREADS

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Bolani is a Afghan stuffed flatbread, and Parwana will teach you exactly how to make it! This crispy snack can be stuffed with many different fillings, from Gandana (chives) to Kadoo(pumpkin). Since this recipe is so versatile, you can easily make your own tradition out of making this fantastic food. You’ll also find a recipe for Naan, and even a recipe for a dessert bread, called Roht.

TIME FOR TEA & SWEET TREATS

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Thirsty?

Parwanahas a lot of recipes for milk tea, such as Qaymaq Chai, a clotted cream chai, or Shir Chai, another type of sweet milk tea. You’ll also find a recipe for Dogh, a delicious yogurt drink. These drinks will help bring your meals together, while also just being really fun to make, and delicious to drink!

Looking for dessert?

Try Maghoot, an Afghan jello! You can also make Firni, a delicious milk custard. If you’re in the mood for a pastry, try Gosheh Fil, also known as elephant ears! You’ll also find plenty of cookies, like Khajoor and Kulcheh Shor. There’s also recipes for ice cream, such as Shir Yakeh Gulab, which is a rose and pistachio ice cream. Whatever sweet treat you’re craving, Parwana will help you make it.

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