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Empowered Recipes

Updated: Apr 13, 2023


At ANSAR, our Women Empowerment program aims to fosters leadership qualities and helps to transfer ideas and skills into meaningful work. That is why we hosted a "Taste of Cultures" event, where the women of our community showcased traditional home-cooked dishes. As a result of this event 14 women from the Middle East and Afghanistan received Food Handling Training and Certification.

You can help support these women by purchasing their recipes. All proceeds go directly to our Women Empowerment program.


Here are just some of their stories.

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Basira's Story:

Basira is originally from Afghanistan. Due to her husband’s work with an Afghan local company that was a subcontractor for US embassy projects, she had to leave Afghanistan. She arrived in the United States on March 8, 2022. Her husband was terrified after the Taliban took over Kabul and planned to flee the country. She and her husband live here with their two daughters. Unfortunately, her sister and her three children, as well as her sister-in-law and her four children, are still in Kabul. Basira chose to make the Qabili Palau, a traditional Afghani rice and meat dish, because it is a national dish in her country and is well-liked by the majority of people. Basira chose to present this dish so that she could introduce it to the American people. "Every time I make this dish, it evokes my imagination and takes me back to my home country and our gatherings with extended family members. For many Afghan families, Qabili Palau is an inherent element of every festival event and special occasion. I want to reveal the outside world traditional Afghan food and hospitality by making this dish. This dish is made mainly for my family and guests."

Buy Basira's Qabili Palau Recipe


Nada's Story:

Nada had to immigrate from her home in Syria because of war. She came from Jordan to Pittsburgh in 2016. Nada is married and has three boys and one girl. One of her boys was born in US. Unfortunately leaving Syria for Nada meant leaving her family back home as well. After getting her citizenship this year, Nada was able to visit her family for the first time since she has left. Nada chose to prepare kibbeh since she had fond memories of preparing it with her mother. She only likes to cook Damascus food as that’s her favorite and she wants to share the rich flavors with everyone. In Syria, Kibbeh is frequently prepared for guests. Syrians enjoy this well-known meal and Nada wanted to share it with others so they can experience a bit of Syrian culture. She aspires to open her own restaurant and eventually sell all or a portion of Syrian food.

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