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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Low Fat Spinach Bolani in Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Leo of  Bolani: East and West Gourmet Afghan Food
Today, April 2nd is such a wonderfully hot Spring day that I am eating raspberry gelatin and almond tofu to cool off after a swim. My thoughts turn to perfect foods for hot weather such as spinach bolani.

On February 9th at 1 P.M. I stumbled upon an old favorite that I haven't seen since 2008 in Walnut Creek, CA. Bolani! My husband and I love spinach bolani. This bread is soft, dense, moist and flaky. It is low fat but shares some of the delightful texture of croissant pastry. I would compare it to a moist pita but worlds more flavorful. Note: I am not paid by companies for any reviews that I do. I stay objective by purchasing products to test.

Photo Credit: Leo of Bolani East & West Gourmet Afghan Food
You'll taste hints of mint and other Afghan spices in the pastry. The blogger for Spice Spoon can tell you more about such spices. Like me, the Blogger Chow Vegan boasts about this delightful bread. In this other blog, a vegetarian talks about the delightful Afghan culture and food for vegetarians.

Photo Credit: Flickr Salted Yoghurt Afghan Drink
It used to be ubiquitous in Farmers' Markets in the Northern California: Lafayette and Walnut Creek area. Then suddenly the vendors disappeared and our favorite Afghan restaurant with the best steamed pumpkin and yogurt drinks closed down. Wouldn't you agree that it's difficult find flavorful foods low in fat? My husband and I love gourmet food but we also expect high fiber and low fat from our meals. That's why we are so fond of spinach bolani.

Photo Credit: Leo of Bolani East & West Gourmet Afghan Food

Thankfully, bolani is here in Westwood on Thursdays at the Farmers' Market. I highly recommend the Bolani sold by Leonardo Zogal. The business is Bolani: East & West Gourmet Afghan Food. Their headquarters is in Baldwin Park on 15023 Ramona Blvd. Each bolani is $6. There are numerous sauces that taste mild, fresh and wonderful if you like eggplant and other vegetable sauces.

Happy Bolani Hunting! I've found my fave bolani supplier!