Month: July 2015

Afghan palao recipe

When I sold 21 tickets for my Afghan charity dinner, my husband and I cleared out our back living room and put fold-up chairs (some borrowed) around the walls in a circle. It was a ‘plates on laps’ event after all. What actually happened was that it was a warm June evening and everyone spontaneously piled out into the garden, taking their chairs with them. So that’s where we had dinner, all sitting around chatting, drinks set down on the patio. People wandered off to the kitchen and got themselves seconds. When it got dark we came back indoors and listened to oral tales from Afghanistan – The Shy Prince, Sweeter than Salt, The Porcelain Goat. My friend Zandra emailed me the next day to say that the rice was a revelation – to her amazement she had no stomach ache afterwards. Turns out she came to my dinner and ate the rice but never mentioned she normally has trouble digesting it: surface starch is the culprit (amylose? amylopectin?). I had used the SOF method …