Bolani – Stuffed Vegetarian Flatbread

Bolani – Stuffed Vegetarian Flatbread

Bolani – Stuffed Vegetarian Flatbread

Bolani – Stuffed Vegetarian Flatbread is a type of stuffed flatbread that is popular in Afghanistan. It is usually made with a dough of flour, water, and salt, and can be filled with a variety of vegetables, such as potato, pumpkin, leek, or lentils. The filled dough is then rolled out into a thin circle and cooked on a griddle or in a frying pan.

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Bolani is often served as a snack or appetizer, and can be eaten hot or cold. It is a tasty and convenient food that is enjoyed by many people in Afghanistan and beyond.


Here is a recipe for bolani that serves 4-6 people:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For the filling:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin


To make the dough, combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the water, stirring with a wooden spoon or your hands, until the dough comes together. The dough should be smooth and elastic after 5 to 10 minutes of kneading.. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set it aside to rest for 30 minutes.

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To make the filling, mix the mashed potatoes, onions, cilantro, salt, pepper, and cumin in a separate bowl.

To assemble the bolani, divide the dough into 4-6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then use a rolling pin to flatten it into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.Put a spoonful of the filling in the circle’s center. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, then press the edges together to seal the bolani.

Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Place the bolani on the griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it is golden brown and crispy. Serve the bolani hot or cold, with yogurt or a dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!

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