About

My Bibi (grandmother) is known far and wide as being one of the most accomplished cooks, a simple dish of Gulpi (cauliflower) can make all of your problems disappear. She has always had that kind of hand that make anything taste good, her skills have passed to my mother who spoiled me with a habit of coming home every night to dishes carefully prepared with rich and enticing flavors. My Bibi traveled throughout Afghanistan with my grandfather, and with that she learned cuisines from the various regions, and different cooking methods. The one thing that I have always appreciated about my Bibi’s style of cooking is her creativity, the fact that she tried probably every Afghan dish possible, and was always willing to try something new, make something her own.

I myself am fascinated by food, from every culture I am just amazed by food, by how people have figured out how to take local ingredients and create something that is so desirable. I spend a lot of my time browsing recipes simply out of curiosity; it gives a lot of insight into a culture, a people’s mentality, their thriftiness and approach to the world.

As I have begun learning how to cook I am gaining a deeper appreciation for Afghan cuisine, the unique combination of flavors, and interesting approach to cooking. I wonder which artist plated Afghan food which is vibrant in colors; no dish is complete without some colorful garnish, a sprinkle of pomegranate or a cluster of parsley. Which woman perfected rice to the level of perfection of Afghan rice? Not mushy or hard, it’s perfectly and carefully prepared, each grain treated with respect. The plating of Afghan food itself is an art itself; usually there are steps, a sauce for the bottom, the dish, two sauces on top, and a garnish. For example mantou (meat filled dumplings) is incomplete without a sprinkling of mint on top. You cannot serve tea without cardamom, and rice absolutely cannot be cooked without a hint of cumin. Desserts must be topped with chopped pistachios, kabobs cannot be plated without a sprinkling of Ghora (sumac), and soup is always served with cold yogurt. These are rules, and what I love about Afghan cuisine is that they are followed religiously so wherever you visit an Afghan home whether it’s in Fremont, California (home to most Afghans in America) or in some mountain in Afghanistan, you will be served with the same level of attention to detail in each ingredient and garnish.

I love cooking Afghan food, as well as using complimentary flavors and ingredients of cuisines in the surrounding Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries, being my Bibi’s granddaughter I like to cook Afghan…but with a little extra something that reflects my experiences and upbringing in a rather diverse and cosmopolitan society.

I hope you enjoy my blog, and even if you are only feasting with your eyes: “Nooshe-Jan-Et”

48 thoughts on “About”

  1. hi, would you like start writing along with other afghan women!
    a page has been created for this purpose on facebook https://www.facebook.com/amf.recipes
    Representing afghan women recipes at
    http://zibakitchen.com/

    where you can freely write your own recipe and we will make sure to deliver your recipe to the world.
    some of afghans has already started writing about their home made recipes.

    its not really hard whatever you cook at home just take a few photos and write the ingredients down and give instruction on how to cook that recipe and publish it to the world with a one click.

    if you go to our site http://zibakitchen.com/ you will see some recipes there already you can get the concept and become an author and write about your own recipe.

    Lets teach the world how does the food really tastes by the afghan way.

    a simple recipe submitted by an afghan mother
    http://www.zibakitchen.com/khatai-cookies/
    Thank you!

  2. I really enjoyed this post! Most parts i could have written myself haha so I definitely will check this out now and then

  3. Palwasha said:

    Sallaam friend:
    I came accross your blog and love the recipes I see. I am also Afghan and love the food of our country. My mom is also an incredible cook and is my food inspiration. I love the Kofta Chollow recipe you have posted, and oddly enough have some Buckara ready for this purpose. Keep the recipes coming, and keep practicing. I am sure you will be an amazing cook, bekhair.

    • InMyBibi'sKitchen said:

      Salaam jaan,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I love Aloo Bukhara try it in Gulpee it makes it delicious. I will definitely try to keep up with recipes, thank you again for visiting 🙂

  4. Hi thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow. You have such a lovely blog and very interesting recipes. Looking forward to more. 😊

  5. Hi,first of all thank you for stopping by my space. I really appreciate it. I am still discovering yours n I love what I see.beautiful heartfelt writing n some greAt recipes. Hope to see more such interesting work from your side!

  6. Hi!!

    I just nominated you and your blog for a Liebster Award!!! You can check out the details at http://calorielicious.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/a-liebster-award/

    There is absolutely no pressure, you can decide whether you want to accept this or not 🙂

  7. Hi! Stumbled upon your lovely blog today, would love to learn Afghan style of cooking and serving, the way you describe. If our ancestors followed some rules, I believe it was with good reason, most probably for good health. Looking forward to your posts!

  8. I’m not at all familiar with Afghan cuisine and a looking forward to learning a few things from you. 🙂

    • Thank you that means a lot coming from such an experienced blogger! I have some Italian family (through marriage) and they love Afghan food as well, so I believe the cuisines are compatible, thank you again 🙂

  9. Hi, I am glad to find your blog! I like to read and learn about various cuisines around the world. And i find your blog has some interesting Afghan food and cooking. Yes, there are some traditional practices in cooking which even my grandmother follow, and they are mostly for health benefits! Nice to find your blog 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words, yes I definitely believe our grandmothers understood the health benefits to herbs, spices, and cooking methods as they had less access and dependency on commercial medicine. I also love cooking and learning about different cuisines, look forward to sharing our interest 🙂

  10. Such a lovely blog you have. I am excited to read and learn about Afghan cuisine!

  11. Hello, I’m passing on the Dragon’s Loyalty and the Versatile Blogger award to you, as an appreciation of your blog and your comments on mine too:
    http://eatingwelldiary.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/another-day-of-awards-trophies-and-many-thanks-to-you-all-for-the-follow/

  12. Hi, I have nominated you for “Sunshine Award”. If you are interested to participate then visit http://jayeetacha.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/sunshine-award/

  13. Hi, I am glad to come across your blog! I like to read and learn about various cuisines around the world. And i find your blog has some interesting Afghan food and cooking.. Thanks..:)

  14. I just came across your blog and really like your recipes, and your style of writing. I used to live in Kazakhstan, and travelled a lot in Central Asia but have never been to your country. It is hard to find recipes from the part of the world, and your recipes remind me very much of the things I enjoyed there, although with your local variations, of course. I look forward to reading more of your recipes.

    • Dear Hilda, Thank you so much for visiting and your thoughtful words! Yes the Central Asian countries all have very similar culture and cuisine, please let me know what recipes you try and what the differences may be. I am excited to learn about your travels and experiences 🙂

  15. Loved the read. And respect for your Bibi! I share your love for exploring various cuisines too and am so glad I got here so I can learn about hitherto unknown to me Afghani cuisne 🙂

  16. Hi, Just now I came across your blog. I am a great fan of Afghan food, the way you cook and the plating is totally superb. Dono how I missed your blog all these days. All your recipes are awesome. Do check my blog when your free, hope you would like it 🙂 Stay in touch.

  17. Hi! I’m glad that I came across your blog! I do like Afghan rice dishes, they are so hearty and tasty! Looking forward to try them out! 🙂
    -Mila

  18. Hi there..looking forward to you introducing me to more authentic afghani recipes and eating traditions.

  19. Beautiful x I can not wait to cook your amazing recipes. Thanks for sharing your recipes and stories. 🙂

  20. Hi! Just happened to stumble on your blog. Would love to learn more about your culture. Came across the Mantou last week and you have mentioned about it. Looking forward to connect.

    Sonal 🙂

  21. I have nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award, do check out this link: http://madraasi.com/2015/04/09/6867/

  22. I love the way you are passionate about cooking and sharing the afghan cuisine with everyone! I also love food from different cultures and places all over the world! Looking forward to learning interesting things from you 🙂

  23. I love hearing about your Bibi very nice! I would love to learn about afghan cooking. I have only had a few dishes and they were wonderful! I will look through your recipes!

  24. Hi there! Was looking for your email here. Couldn’t find it. Wanted to ask you if you would like to do a guest post on my blog – it could be a post on any Afghan dish. I had started an ‘Around the world’ series earlier this year and would love to do Afghani cuisine next. Can you let me know? Best, Indu

  25. Hello! My name is Kristen and I am the Photo Editor at The Daily Meal. We would love to feature your Afghan Aush Soup (https://mykabulkitchen.wordpress.com/tag/meatballs/) in our story today about Soups Around the World. We will of course credit your blog and link back to the original post.

    Please email me at khom@thedailymeal.com to confirm if you’d like to be featured.

    Thank you

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