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Monday, September 01, 2014

Shir Berenj Recipe |Rice pudding ~Afghani Recipe | Afghani Meal Platter

Afghanistan dessert recipes

Am so happy to begin with the Mega Marathon from today . As you all being knowing we group of blogger are doing a month long marathon on world cuisine starting from letter A-Z . So  for today Day 1 letter A I have chosen Afghanistan . This country is one which wanted to explore from long as it has some Indian touch in the cuisine. I actually planned to do A for Azerbaijan  but at last made my mind to go with afghan as I wanted to try and post some recipes which are from other cuisines but similar to Indian for my first Post. I made a whole Afghani platter for our dinner last month and we enjoyed every dish a lot . They are mildly spiced and My H loves mildly spiced food and we have planned earlier that we wud have mildly spiced food atleast one day in a week. So this was really a well filling and tasty dishes .

The afghani meal platter Menu 
Afghani cuisine

Shour Nakhod
Afghani Bolani
Naan-e- Uzbaki
Shir Berenj

Afghani recipes

Afghan cuisine is a combination of middle eastern and south asian cuisine. The foods made here is highly based on wheat, maize, rice as they are the chief crops cultivated there. As will be knowing qabuli biryani is one of the famous dish there, they cook very food halal according to the Islamic law.In afghanistan tradition like most of the countries apply to it women do the cooking part. The food prepared is mildly spiced and amid with fragrant and aromas of spices. They serve Excellent tea with the famous dessert of middle east Baklava. When they invite guest for an party or feast they normally spread a carpet  where the guest might sit and enjoy a huge meal.Afghanistan cuisine has great resembles with Indian and pakistani cuisine thats the reason I have picked A for Afghanistan.

For today I made a afghani spread  which I have posted earlier in a single posts .  To end up with a dessert here is the Shir berenj which very popular dessert of afghan and the main point is it very similar to our Indian rice pudding / Kheer. This rice pudding is made little thicker and tastes delicious. We usually add cardamom to our dessert in india   so thats a twist in this afghani shir berenj they add fennel pd to it. It taste delicious , I told my H that it is not an Indian Kheer but still the taste was similar not a big difference he said .Any way I ended up the spread with this creamy and rich shir berenj .. Lets move on to the recipe quickly.

Rice pudding recipe

Afghani menu

Shir Berenj

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
    Cook time
15 mins 
 20 - 30 mins


   Milk - 4 cups
   Rice - 1/4 cup
   Sugar - 1/4 cup ( add if needed more)
   Oil - 1 tsp
   Nuts - few chopped
   Fennel pd - 1/4 tsp

  • Soak rice in water for 15-20 mins. Then drain the water.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan heat milk .
  • Once it boils simmer the flame and soaked rice  to the milk.
  • Let the rice cook well in the milk.
  • Once the rice is done add sugar and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and cook the kheer . make sure to remove the cover and mix it occasionally .
  • Once the kheer is thick . Turn of the flame.
  • Serve the warm or cold garnished with fennel pd , pistachios and almonds.

How to make rice pudding ?

Traditional afghani recipe

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  1. The kheer loves creamy and rich with the garnish. The rest of the menu looks awesome. Great start to the BM

  2. Wonderful. .the difference of fennel seeds will surely change the flavour of the kheer..I like its flavour and would surely like to try in my kheer next time.

  3. What a beautiful looking platter..nothing less is expected from you Manjula..:)...I am sure you enjoyed that meal..

  4. Kheer looks fantastic and adding fennel would have given it a different taste. Good one Manjula...

  5. Seriously cant take my eyes from that bowl of delicious shir berenji, am drooling here, love the addition of fennel seeds.

  6. Wow the fennel seeds must have really given a totally out of the world flavor. Love it.

  7. A very tempting platter, Manjula!! Can we expect thalis this time around as well?

  8. What an awesome Afghan meal Manjula. I was expecting you to do full meals for this marathon and you've fulfilled my dreams. I'm very excited about your posts in this series.

  9. Beautiful pic.s and kheer looks so creamy and love that fennel flavor

  10. so i guess now that's an Afghan thali here ; usual..Yum!!

  11. Shir berenj looks so rich and creamy , love the pictures too..

  12. Looking at the link I was surprised you did not do a thali. Was I wrong! That is a nice spread of Afghani food. Pudding looks rich and creamy.

  13. wow - is every letter going to be like this again - everything looks wonderful and what a unique flavor profile with fennel

  14. delicious luking kheer n lovely clicks..

  15. Lovely Afghani spread! I wonder how the kheer would taste with fennel flavour... Will try it next time there's too be kheer at home

  16. wow... I am just curious about the taste of this kheer with the fennel... gotto try this...

  17. What a delicious recipe.. Looks too good..

  18. totally hooked ! lovely start to the BM :-)

  19. Rich and creamy kheer manjula!!! I too bookmarked this, but finally went with bread!!! :)

  20. Yummy kheer. Pics are beautiful & tempting.


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