kabuli palau,Afghan Palo, Afghan Pulav, Afghan NAtional dish
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Qabili Palau

Also known as Kabuli Palau, this mutton dish is a national dish of Afghanistan. The Afghans eat this with their hands while sitting cross-legged on cushions.
Chicken and chicken broth may be used instead of mutton.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Afghan
Keyword: Afghan, Afghanistan, Apricots, Basmati Rice, Broth, Cinnamon, Cumin, Lamb, Mutton, National Dish, Rice
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups Mutton Broth
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/5 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/5 cup Dried Apricots Diced
  • 1 cup Grated Carrot
  • 1 cup Shelled Pistachios
  • 1 cup Cauliflower Chopped into florets and cooked
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cardamon
  • 1 pound Stewing Mutton


  • Stew the mutton ahead of time, preserving two cups of the broth, then refrigerate.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a casserole dish.
  • Saute nuts, carrots and cauliflower in 1 tbsp of butter, stirring often, until lightly cooked.
  • Make the rice using the broth to substitute for 2 cups of the water required. When the rice is almost done, add the other ingredients, including the remaining tbsp of butter, except for the mutton pieces, and cook five more minutes.
  • Add mutton and pour into large greased casserole or dutch oven and bake 10-15 minutes, covered. If rice is too dry add 1/4 cup water or mutton broth before baking.
  • Serve with Afghan bread or pita bread and cucumber yogurt salad.