Bata (Afghan sticky rice)

BATA or BATHA, an Afghan rice dish is cooked with water and acquires a sticky consistency. It is usually eaten with a QORMA/KOMAR, such as SABZI (spinach) or SHALGHAM (turnips). With the addition of stock, meat, herbs, and grains, more eeri Qoroot, and Shola. A sweet rice dish called Shir Birenj (literally milk rice) is often served as dessert.



  • 500 gr short or medium grain rice
  • 50 ml cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • water (about 1 liter or 4 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Wash the rice with cold water, and soak for a couple hours, then drain off the water.
  2. In a pot, heat the oil and saute onion until light brown.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice and salt and boil until rice is par-cooked.
  5. Reduce the heat. Cover and seal the pot with tea towel or cotton cloth lid, and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes.
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