Badakhshi Halwa

Ahmad and Mahtab are the guests of Lalo Mama. Lalo Mama says that one of his friends has brought him a White Badakhshi Halwa. Mahtab asks about the recipes of this Halwa.

Lalo Mama takes them to the corridor of the castle and opens window about White Badakhshi Halwa.

In the window, the cook of the castle says about the ingredients of the White Badakhshi Halwa: a glass of ground sugar, cardamom, one-and-a-half-kilogram white flour, one-kilogram butter, ground pistachios according to the need.
How to prepare?

We put the butter in a dish on the brazier to turn into oil and then we filter it from a cloth to separate the salt and place it back on the brazier and then add one-and-a-half-kilogram flour on it and then we mix them together. After that, we fry the flour in the butter.

  When we sense the smell of fried flour, we turn off the brazier and bring down the dish and mix them again for two minutes. Then we put it in open air for over a night to be dried well. The next day, we cut it into small pieces and then we rub it till it changes to a cream and becomes white. Then we add ground sugar and cardamom to it and then we put it in a pot and add some more ground sugar and ground pistachios to it for designing and thus the Halwa is ready for eating now. Lalo Mama closes the windowږ

Shopkeeper Girl:

Mahtab says that she went to the bazaar and wanted to buy a scarf but the man shopkeeper could not differentiate the colors which women want. she says that if there were women shopkeepers, the other women would not face such problems.

Lalo Mama takes them to the corridor of the castle and says that he knows a student girl who goes to school and work as shopkeeper too and then he opens a window about her.

In the window, the castle’s reporter talks to Razia Sadat. She says about her work: I am 16 years old and study at school. I live in Rishkhoor, Kabul city and work as a seller in a female’s dress shop in Pul-e-Surkh, Kabul city. At the beginning when I saw that a girl has opened a shop for women, I also dared to work with her in the shop. I go to the shop at 7 am and after 12 pm, I go to my school and 5 pm I go back home. I help my mother with house chores and at night, I study my lessons.

We prepare dresses according to the seasons of the year and our more customers are women and girls. I Get 300-400 Afghanis at the end of the week as my pocket money and this amount is sufficient for my all necessities. Lalo Mama closes this window too.