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Published April 27th 2015
Afghan Masala is an Afghan restaurant in the heart of the Afghan strip of shops on Thomas Street in Dandenong. To one side is the restaurant which serves traditional Afghan cuisine, and on the other is a cake and sweets display that showcases delicious Afghan sweets, biscuits, and cakes. I will only be reviewing the cakes and sweets, not only because I am a devotee of anything sweet and delicious, but mainly because, despite enjoying vegetarian Afghan food, I have not yet dined in the restaurant.
Upon entering the inconspicuous doorway, you are mesmerised by the colour and appeal of the most interesting desserts, cakes, biscuits, and sweets traditional to Afghanistan, and some, like the street cake Jalebi, which are traditional to India, Pakistan and Nepal.
It doesn't matter if you are unfamiliar with the varieties, as the staff do their best to explain the name and ingredients, but everything is worth trying. The staff are helpful and they often have small samples at the counter for you to try.
You will find Khatai cookies, which are made with crushed cardamom and pistachios; Gosh e-Feel (Elephant ear pastries), a delicious deep-fried dough infused with cardamom; Sheer Payra which is an Afghan milk fudge with pistachios; and so much more!
Opposite the main display of cakes and sweets, along the back wall, are shelves with different products and preserves from Afghanistan, the Middle East, and India. The Gesas fig jam, a Turkish product, is outstanding, a must have for fig enthusiasts.