Bolani: Is this word unfamiliar to you?
However, when you finally try a slice of Bolani, you enter into a world of Asian cultures like the Greeks and the Persians, but Afghanistan has perfected the Bolani over the years.
Firstly, the Russians, and now the Americans with the FBI, CIA and the KGB have given different reasons for the invasion of this country, but the truth is they are trying to steal this exceptional recipe.
About five to six years ago 2006-2007 during what is referred to as my pain-filled period with floaters in my eyes, pain in my back and legs.
The doctor suggested that I should get some exercise and try to walk short distances at a time.
You may read about this episode of my life in the book, Miracles Still Do Happen.
I knew it was good advice.
Who listens to their doctors anyway?
However, I decided to follow his advice because I had no options.
The problem was how to cope with the weather conditions.
I found a solution by visiting the Downsview Flea Market.
After slowly touring the aisles with my three c’s (c c c).
I got a little tired and sat down in the international food court.
Are you wondering what my three c’s (c c c) are about?
It is the short form for my cane, my camera and my caregiver! How do you like that?
During my excursions through the flea market, the vendors slowly discovered who I was and since I was taking photos, many were willing to have their booths photographed.
We have included a link for Downsview Flea Market so that you may engage in a virtual tour.
Within that time, I received comments about my products.
It was a pleasure to hear some comments from the vendors, especially ones like: "Hey Mr. Goudas you have the best rice in the world."
Another informed me that he buys all my products.
Or even, "Hey old man, what happened to you?"
Or, the astonished faces of those who discovered who I was.
The photos are displayed on this link.
As you may see, I became popular among the vendors, especially when they discovered their booth on the www.FlyerMall.com website.
Even, the management had to figure out how to control the onlookers around me.
As I mentioned earlier, I ended up in the international food court.
I was tired because the doctor suggested small and short moves but I had toured the entire facility which is approximately half-a-mile long with about ten (10) aisles.
I sat at one of the tables. Maybe to some I may have appeared exhausted. I was actually.
Out of nowhere, a lady approached me and enquired, “How are you doing Mr. Goudas?”
I looked up and there was this beautiful lady telling me that she does not think that I was looking for a girlfriend, however, she told me she had the best Bolani in the world.
I thought that I had improved my English language skills over the years, but I had never heard the word Bolani.
I thought to myself she is beautiful and she had a great similarity to Dolly Parton (if you know what I mean).
Therefore, I started to get serious for a moment and I asked her “What is Bolani?”
She said, “Do not move I will be back in 10 minutes!”
Finally, she did come back with a plate filled with what looked like stuffed pita bread or something like that.
I pinched off a piece and started eating.
Well, it was something that I had never tasted before.
She advised me that this dish was the national food of Afghanistan.
She introduced herself, sat down and proceeded to explain in detail the different variations and the way Bolani is made.
She took me to her kitchen facility at her booth in the food court and showed me the setup and procedures in detail, including the different variations in the taste of Bolani by incorporating different spices and vegetables.
It was then that it dawned on me why there is a war in Afghanistan as I mentioned earlier.
I am pretty sure by now you may think that I am nuts.
Who knows maybe I am.
I have worked practically all my life (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) creating more than one thousand (1,000) products from all over the world.
In addition, I have created more than 1,000 recipes, supported, and still do support, many organization and associations in absolute need.
So if you think I am nuts, I agree with you because here I am creating another recipe that at least will make you laugh.
In return, when you are at the supermarket look for my products as I know that they are the best in the world because that is what my loyal customers deserve.
Your patronage enables me to continue to support, to the best of my ability what you witness through all the letters of appreciation I have received and posted.
I do hope that you will take a moment to scan this section of my website.
I asked Mrs. Sima, who is a professional in creating Bolani, how many variations exist.
She advised me that there were many variations, which obviously will take pages and pages to put together.
I tried to summarize the recipe in such a way that anyone will be able to create Bolani at home.
I wrote somewhere within my biography, titled The Immigrant, that the Italians, Japanese and Greeks are most unlikely to try another nationality’s food.
Since my biography has already been published, therefore, I cannot retract that statement; the recipe below will not apply to the above nationalities.
Because the nature of my business is to know what every nationality eats and their preferences, and having written and published hundreds of recipes I had to get the information for Bolani.
Ms. Sima explained to the best of her ability how to create a simple Bolani.
Since its recipe could be very complicated on paper, I had to modify it in such a way that even a beginner will attempt.
After you become more familiar with the variety of spices such as cilantro, coriander, etc., then you can perfect the recipe.
Bolani means "filled bread". It is a thin flat-bread baked with vegetables in them like Spinach, Pumpkin, Potato, and Lentil and can be served as a whole meal in itself.
As I stated above, there are hundreds of way of creating Bolani and a variety of fillings.
My aim is not to complicate your life; therefore, I will attempt to simplify the recipe as best as I can:
Ingredients are flour, mashed potato, green onions, chives or scallion cut into small pieces, fresh onions, chili, coriander powder, 2 chopped tomatoes, cilantro, salt, black pepper and oil
The first thing to do is to make the dough.
In a dough blender, add a little water, 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt.
Let the blender do the work until the dough has been formed.
You do know that the above applies only to those who are privileged to own a dough machine.
To those who do not own this machine, the old fashioned method of blending the flour and water by hand then punching out your frustration like Mohammed Ali in a dough bowl is the answer.
Knead the flour-water mixture until it forms a dough.
The amount of water to flout is proportional.
If necessary, you may add a little more water, or should there not be enough flour, add a little more flour.
The recipe is for a few people. Making Bolani for one person is not worthwhile.
If you are a single person with a craving for some Bolani, go to the Afghan restaurant and order a slice.
Please make a note here: Do not go to a Thai restaurant, a Sri Lankan restaurant and ask for Bolani.
I am sure they will have no idea what you are talking about and they will call 911 to get you out of their establishments.
We warned you!
I mentioned the word flour above.
However, I do not mean any flour, I specifically recommend Mr. Goudas All Purpose Flour.
As alternatives, just in case, you may use Robin Hood or Five Roses flour.
I say five roses and I did not say six roses.
The reason I say this is because there are many imitations on the market and instead of making Bolani, you may end up with Boonoolani.
Point number two.
There is oil, there are variations of oil, and then there is Mr. Goudas Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from the best olives grown, processed and packaged in Crete Island in Greece with an acidity level of 0.1 to 0.8 percent.
The best of the best.
Once the dough has been formed, remove it to a lightly floured board or clean surface and form into approximately five (5) small balls
Place dough ball on plate, cover with a clean tablecloth and set aside.
Now we will prepare the filling. We will make 2 varieties of fillings.
Mashed Potato Filling: I do hope you know how to mash potatoes.
Okay for beginners, here we go:
Wash potatoes place in a saucepan, fill with water and boil until you may easily pierce potatoes with a fork.
Discard boiling water. Rinse potatoes with cold water and remove the skin.
Mash with a fork or a potato masher.
If that seems difficult to you, then, you should not attempt to make Bolani.
However, practicing the mashed potato business a few times, you may graduate to the next step.
In a saucepan, heat up 1 and ½ teaspoons of butter.
Add chopped onion and sauté for a minute or two.
Add chopped green onions, diced tomato, chili pepper, a handful of cilantro, 1 teaspoon each of coriander powder, salt, black pepper and Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce.
Blend ingredients for a couple minutes and mix with the mashed potato.
Vegetable Filling: In a medium sized bowl, add 1 teaspoon oil, green onions, fresh chili, 2 teaspoons cilantro, a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Mix all the ingredients together.
You do not have to follow this pattern of vegetables mentioned above.
You may add a few other vegetable ingredients such as sweet peas, sweet pepper, grated or shredded carrots, etc. The more the merrier.
Flatten out one (1) dough ball with a rolling pin.
Place some mashed potato filling on half of the dough.
Flatten the filling with a wooden spoon.
Fold the unfilled half of the dough over the filling.
Close the sides with the spoon and flatten the filled pouch.
Repeat the procedure, i.e. flatten another dough ball.
Place some of the vegetable filling on half. Flatten the filling.
Fold the unfilled half of the dough over the filling.
Close the sides with your wooden spoon and flatted the filled pouch.
Continue this procedure until all the dough and filling are utilized.
Heat large skillet (medium level) and add 1 teaspoon of oil.
Place one of the flattened pouches on the oil and flatten with wooden spoon.
Allow to cook for a couple minutes.
Turn over and cook for another couple minutes.
Be careful not to burn your hand since the skillet is very hot.
Remove your Bolani from the skillet and repeat the procedures until all are cooked.
Slice into pieces.
Now, was that so difficult.
Once you have become an expert at Bolani making you may experiment with a variety of fillings.
Bolani is near and dear to the hearts of the people of Afghanistan.
Therefore, now that we have given you this secret recipe with additional specific Mr. Goudas ingredients*, we believe that it is time to get the troops out of Afghanistan.
Regards, Spyros Peter Goudas
Mr. Goudas brand of ingredients: Salt, Black Pepper, Coriander Powder, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flour and Trinidad Style Hot Sauce actual puts the “bo” in your Bolani which translate into the best Bolani ever.
One of my companies, that had a distribution of Mr.Goudas Brand has been sold in early, 2014.
The new owners did not focus on the quality of the products packaged to the disappointment of millions of loyal customers who have come to rely on my pioneering vision.
I accordingly, no longer vouch for the quality of products under “Mr Goudas”.
The endorsement of the Brand within this website are now soley for historical purposes only.
Please Note: There are thousands of bread recipes from all over the world, however, in this website, we have mentioned bread, in the following recipes