Earlier this year the IRC in Greece hosted cooking workshops for refugee and local women living on the Greek island of Lesvos. Some of the women who took part talked to us about their experience and shared the recipe of the dish they shared with the group. Hafeza shares her recipe for Afghan Bolani. 

Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC

26-year-old Hafeza has been living in Greece for four years after fleeing Afghanistan. Hafeza lives with her two children in Mytilini on the island of Lesvos. 63% of the refugees and asylum-seekers on Lesvos are from Afghanistan which is experiencing an escalating political and humanitarian crisis.

“My mother taught me the recipe. When she was in the kitchen I went to check what she was doing. I asked her what she was cooking, and she told me “Bolani” and then she taught me how to make it.” Hafeza told us. 

 It's delicious and I like it a lot.

Follow the recipe to learn how to make Afghan Bolani.

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Ingredients for Afghan Bolani
This Afghan Bolani recipe serves approximately 6 people.
Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC


Hafeza cooking with another woman.
The workshops were held in Nan restaurant in Mytilini on the island of Lesvos.
Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC
4 women stood around chatting and cooking in nan restaurant.
"The refugee women were excited to have a proper kitchen with all the utensils to cook in and learning about Greek ingredients and food. The local women were also impressed by the combination of spices, intricate techniques and flavours from the refugee women’s cooking." Said Martha Roussou, Senior Advocacy Manage for the IRC.

Photo: Stefania Mizara/IRC
Afghan Bolani

Recipes from home

This recipe is part of our Recipes from Home series. These recipes have been shared by refugee and Greek women who took part in the IRC’s cooking workshops held at Nan restaurant on the Island of Lesvos in Greece. The aim of the workshops is to bring together local and refugee women, to promote common experiences and mutual understanding through the universal language of food. 

The cooking workshops were supported by the Western Union Foundation.