5 Mouthwatering Iraqi Dishes One Must Try
By: Pinki Mon, 11 May 2020 12:32:13
Iraq has arguably some of the most delicious food in the Middle East, and with such a long and dynamic history of interactions with neighboring countries and empires, its no wonder that the food of Iraq is as colorful as its people. Here are the top 5 best traditional Iraqi foods you need to try.
Easily one of the most recognizable Iraqi dishes, this is a slow-grilled fish famous because the Iraqi way of grilling it standing sideways and letting the fish cook in the flames and smoke from the side. Once finished, a generous amount of delicious sumac spice, fresh pomegranate seeds, and lemon are poured on top.
A succulent slow-roasted and stuffed lamb, this is always one of the most-loved dishes at any Iraqi festive event or family gathering. Taking almost an entire day to slow roast, the lamb is stuffed with aromatic and spiced rice, vegetables, and nuts. The result is completely out of this world!
* Tepsi Baytinjan
This dish is one of the most popular, with each household having their own unique way of making it. A kind of casserole dish, tepsi baytinjan consists of flavorful fried eggplants wrapped around small spiced meatballs, all baked in a delicious tomato-based sauce.
* Margat Albamiya
This classic is one of the most common staples in any Iraqi household. A mixture of perfectly baked okra and tender lamb or beef in a spiced tomato-based stew, the textures and flavors of this dish can only be described as absolutely perfect.
* Margat Qeema
A famous Iraqi dish served a lot during religious holidays or when a mosque is serving food, this is a gravy-based dish made from finely minced meat, lentils, lime zest, and numerous other spices all eaten with a side of warm rice. With its brightly colored orange-brown look and perfect texture, margat qeema can be addictive!