Authentic Afghani Challaw Rice Recipe: A Taste of Afghanistan at Home - Heray Spice

Authentic Afghani Challaw Rice Recipe: A Taste of Afghanistan at Home

Jun 03, 2023Mohammad Salehi


Experience the rich flavors of Afghanistan with this delightful recipe for Afghani Challaw Rice. This traditional dish is a staple in Afghan cuisine, featuring fragrant long-grain rice cooked to perfection and infused with aromatic spices. Follow this step-by-step guide to recreate this mouthwatering recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen.


Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6 



Step 1: Prepare the Rice

  1. Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This step helps remove excess starch from the rice, resulting in fluffy grains when cooked.
  2. Soak the rinsed rice in water for about 30 minutes. This further enhances the texture of the rice.

Step 2: Sauté the Onion

  1. Heat the vegetable oil or ghee in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook until they turn golden brown and caramelized. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Once the onions are nicely caramelized, remove about one-third of them and set them aside for garnishing later.

Step 3: Infuse the Aromatics

  1. To the pot with the remaining onions, add cumin seeds, cardamom pods, and cinnamon.
  2. Stir the spices and onions together for about 1 minute, allowing the flavors to release and blend.

Step 4: Cook the Rice

  1. Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pot, stirring gently to combine with the spiced onions.
  2. Pour in the water, salt, and black pepper. Give it a gentle stir.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  4. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  5. Allow the rice to simmer undisturbed for about 15-20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender and fluffy.

Step 5: Serve and Garnish

  1. Carefully fluff the cooked rice with a fork to separate the grains.
  2. Transfer the rice to a serving platter or individual plates.
  3. Garnish the top with the reserved caramelized onions and, if desired, fresh cilantro or parsley.
  4. Serve the Afghani Challaw Rice as a standalone dish or as a delightful accompaniment to your favorite Afghan main course.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of Afghani Challaw Rice, and savor the rich culinary heritage of Afghanistan with every bite. This aromatic and comforting dish is sure to impress your family and friends.

Authentic Afghani Challaw Rice Recipe: Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Fluffy and Fragrant Rice

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Feel free to customize this recipe by adding cooked vegetables, such as carrots or peas, or by including tender chunks of meat for a heartier version.

Preparation and cooking times may vary depending on your stove and rice type, so adjust accordingly.

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