#FASoSFoodies part 6: Khalidah Ahmadi

Khalidah is a staff member at our faculty. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and grew up in the Netherlands. When we asked her about her favourite dish she immediately said ‘Bolani’. Bolani is a (vegan), stuffed flatbread, featuring fillings such as spinach, lentils, pumpkin, or potato.

“The key to perfect Bolani is to roll out the dough very thin and finely dice your stuffing. I always eat this dish in combination with a drink called ‘dough’ which is a yoghurt drink with salt and mint. Bolani is definitely my favourite and it should be on everyone’s bucket list!”

“I actually have other favourite dishes which are called ‘Ashak’ and ‘Mantoo’; these are dumplings made with leeks or meat topped with the most delicious sauces. While Ashak is cooked by boiling, Mantoo is steamed. These dishes are very difficult to make and require many hands in helping to stuff each dumpling. The Afghan kitchen is very family-oriented. We love spending hours in the kitchen preparing delicious food and the family always eats together.”

When we asked her what she misses most about the food from Afghanistan, she told us about the summer of 2008, which she spent with family in Kabul. “I really miss the street vendors who sell the most amazing street food, like grilled corn on the cob. I also really miss ‘Falooda’, which is ice cream with ‘Falooda sev’ which are vermicelli made from corn starch. The best ice cream I’ve ever had is called ‘Sheer yakh’, which is handmade (vanilla) ice cream with rose water and finely chopped pistachios.”

Khalidah Ahmadi (Dutch), Front office/Exam administration
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