Cookbook:Qabuli (Central Asian Rice Pilaf)

This Cookbook page needs work. Please improve it. See the talk page for discussion regarding improvements.
The following reason was given: Unsure of name, as another very famous Afghani dish exists with similar name (Qabuli pilau) and this isn't it.

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes South Asian cuisines



  1. Soak the lentils for half an hour.
  2. After half an hour, boil the lentils with salt, red pepper, and ginger garlic paste.
  3. Be mindful that after the lentil have been cooked, there should not be any water remaining.
  4. If there is water remaining, continue cooking until the water has been mostly absorbed.
  5. In the meantime, bring the rice to a full boil. Reduce heat to a minimum and cover. Allow to cook for 8 to 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to rest for a similar amount of time.
  6. Also, in the meantime, heat some shortening in a pan
  7. Fry the onions until they are light brown, add tomato paste, salt, red chile powder and turmeric powder.
  8. Arrange the fried onion with the spices, boiled lentils, and rice in a large serving dish pot.
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green chillies and serve hot.