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Yasser Iftikhar, Afghani Recipes

Having had the opportunity in serving the hospitality industry for over 30 years in various capacities from hotels to private sectors and corporate America; from cost controlling to cooking, management and training and development; yet my passion remains cooking exotic foods and developing new recipes. I started my career with Hilton International in 1978 where I trained in all departments and became the Organization's Youngest Executive through successful cost control. Also, I received training in cooking and kitchen management from Austria. After learning the basic cooking techniques and training I developed my expertise in cost effective cooking while using the highest quality ingredients. While living abroad in those times, when not all the ingredients were readily available I felt the need of creating / modifying the recipes, so that they are still edible and one would not feel alienated and deprived. My cooking is based on the self-created concept of Creating something from nothing What that means is to create a dish or various dishes from all or whatever ingredients are readily available in the pantry and the refrigerator. Presently I work as a consultant where I assist people in developing a concept depending on the demographics and needs. Develop recipes, standardizing them and establishing systems that would not only control the costs to the lowest level while ensuring a smooth and flawless food operation.


Afghanistan has a wide varying terrain allowing for many different crops. Afghan cuisine is largely based upon the nation's chief crops: cereals like wheat, maize, barley and rice. Accompanying these staples are dairy products (yogurt, whey), various nuts, and native vegetables, and fresh and dried fruits; Afghanistan is well known for its grapes. Afghanistan's culinary specialties reflect its ethnic and geographic diversity and has similarities with neighboring Iran,Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. It is similar to cuisines of the Middle-East and Central Asia and the South Asian Subcontinent. Khana Pakana is the source for authentic Afghani Recipes, Afghani Food, and Cooking Techniques from Afghanistan.

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