Bolani - Vegan Afgan Stuffed Flatbread Recipe

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Jun 29, 2022         no comment.

Learn how to make this delicious Afghan Bolani: a potato-stuffed flatbread from Afghanistan!

Afghani Bolani Recipe | How to make Bolani bread from Afghanistan | Foodomania

Bolani is a stuffed flatbread from the Afghan Cuisine. Usually filled with potatoes, green onions, cilantro and chili peppers, this flatbread is easy to put together, especially if you have the dough ready. I’ve also read that some bolani recipes also use a variety of fillings like pumpkin or other squash, lentils etc.

It is usually served with a spicy cilantro mint chutney and enjoyed as a side to a main meal, or as a satiating tea-time snack with a cup of hot chai!

Afghan Bolani Recipe | How to make Bolani bread from Afghanistan | Foodomania

I came across this recipe on the wonderful Pick Up Lime’s channel months ago, and couldn’t wait to try it. Sadia is among my top favorite vegan recipe creators, and she’s also an Afghan herself. So I didn’t have to look too far for an authentic recipe. I borrowed heavily from hers, but also tweaked the spices to suit my palate. It does seem like I have a preference for higher spice levels than what the recipe calls for. Which is why, its always good to taste your food as you prep it!

How to make the Afghan Bolani?

  1. The dough: Traditionally, the dough is a yeasted one. You make it with flour, water, salt, sugar & yeast, much like a pizza dough (but the yeast quantity is much lower). However, if you don’t have the time to make the dough, you can also simply use store-bought flour tortillas to make this recipe.
  2. The filling: Its a combination of cooked and mashed potatoes, finely chopped green onions (including the green part), cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin powder and green chili peppers.
  3. Forming the Bolani: Now, if you have the dough, you simple roll it out into a thin round disk. Add & spread some of the filling on one half of the dough. Then lift the other half and stick it onto the side with the filling. You’re basically looking to form a calzone-like shape (only bigger!).
  4. Cooking it: Then this is really easy. Just take a big enough pan or griddle, add some oil & then place the formed shape onto the pan. Cook on medium heat on both sides until golden & crunchy, and well cooked on the insides!

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Afghani Bolani Recipe | How to make Bolani bread from Afghanistan | Foodomania

Afghan Bolani – Stuffed Potato Flatbread


  • Author: Kavitha Ramaswamy
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Description

Bolani, also called Periki, is a stuffed flatbread from Afghanistan, with a thin crust, and filled with a bunch of different ingredients,. Most common stuffing includes potatoes, green onion & cilantro!


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Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 cup Bread Flour or All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 TBsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 cup Warm Water

Filling:

  • 1 Medium-sized Potato, boiled & peeled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Green Onions (including green part)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 13 finely chopped Green Chili Pepper (adjust for spice desired)
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

Other:

*Note – Dough:

  • If you don’t want to make the dough, you can simply use store-bought flour tortillas (8-10″ ones)

Instructions

Dough:

  1. To a large bowl, add the flour, salt, sugar, yeast & oil, mix well
  2. Add warm water & knead to a soft dough. Add some more flour & knead if the dough feels sticky
  3. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the filling

Filling:

  1. In a bowl, add the boiled & peeled Potato.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients: green onion, cilantro, green chili, pepper, turmeric, ground coriander, salt.
  3. Mash and mix everything together. Taste & adjust seasoning, if required

Making the Bolani:

  1. Punch the dough down. Divide into 3-4 equal portions. Roll into neat balls & keep them covered
  2. Flour your work surface & add a piece of dough on it.
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a thin round disk, of about 15-20 cm diameter. The thickness should be similar to that of a tortilla
  4. Spread some of the spiced potato filling over half of the dough, leaving a ½ inch border along the edge
  5. Dip your fingers in water and spread the water along this edge, only on one half of the circle
  6. Fold the dough in half, over the filling, to create a half-moon shape. Press out all the air bubbles, then pinch the edges with your fingers to fully seal the flatbread
  7. Heat up some oil in a griddle or pan, & add the formed bolani to it
  8. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until one side is golden brown
  9. Brush the top with some oil, flip & continue to cook on the other side until its golden
  10. Transfer to a cooling rack, cut into triangles & serve hot!
  11. Bolani is best served with a green chutney (fresh cilantro, mint & chilies!)

Notes

Tortilla Substitute for Dough:

  • If you don’t want to make the dough, simply take a store-bought tortilla
  • Make the same filling & follow the same steps as mentioned
  • Just make sure to press down & cook until the edges seal
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Afghan

Keywords: afghani bolani recipe, afghan recipes, stuffed flatbread recipes, vegan flatbreads

The bolani is a great amalgamation of flavors and textures. While the filling itself is creamy and spicy and tangy, the external crust is spongy (thanks to the yeast) and also crunchy (thanks to shallow frying). Its a wonderful dish that I now tend to make at least once a month! If you’re hosting a get together, this could feature as a snack or a side to a main meal!

Bolanis are best served hot or warm, with a side of spicy chutneys, typically green. They’re kind of like the Indian Aloo Paratha, with a slightly different flavor profile.

Afghani Bolani Recipe | How to make Bolani bread from Afghanistan | Foodomania

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