Iraqi Food—the insider View
Iraq is located in the heart of Middle East. Divided in four regions including plain, deserted, water area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and mountain area. Iraq has been greatly dictated by the neighboring countries in desert and food traits. Turks and Iran have been on the dictating side when it comes to food. Iraqis eat vegetables, lamb and yogurt and like Turks and they also consume fruits, beef and poultry like Iranians
Iraqi food culture obeys religion as pork is prohibited and in fasting month, even eating and drinking is prohibited till sunset. Iraq is the largest producer of dates in the world. Along with dates, wheat, rice and barley are used frequently with dishes. Like some other countries Iraqis do have appetizer with to start with known as Mezza.
“Iraq is the largest producer of dates in the world. Along with dates, wheat, rice and barley are used frequently with dishes”.
Most common dishes used here is known as “Samak Masguuf” which is made up of fish and other ingredients to add spice into it. Kebabs are the second mostly common used which are grilled. Dolma is third one which is spiced rice and biryani is also a famous one which include meat and vegetables mixed with spice. Apart from preparing food, presentation is also considered equally important. Iraqis make sure that the guests are comfortable and are enjoying the meal in a healthy and pleasing environment. It is a common practice to serve guests first also they are kept alone so they can eat with comfort.
“Apart from preparing food, presentation is also considered equally important. Iraqis make sure that the guests are comfortable and are enjoying the meal in a healthy and pleasing environment”
Among the other common Iraqi dishes are grilled kebabs dipped in lemon juice, grilled meat sandwich, garlic sauce and spices, stew made from lamb parts, grilled fish with tamarind sauce and pepper, tomato sauce and okra sauce, minced meat with grains and spices and. Many other Iraqi dishes are served alongside long-grained rice and various breads or pastries
Tea is the most important of Iraq’s beverages. It can be used up to 10 times a day by a single person. Iraq streets have been flooded with tea shops where people consume tea with other desserts. Water in general is consumed cold in summers and normal in other seasons. Western beverages have also made their way into Iraq some time ago and are used by teenage group in good amount.
In fasting month known as Ramadan, people eat before sunrise and observe fast till the sun sets. Normally slowly digestible food is taken such as grains and a dish such as vegetable with meat in that session known as suhoor and at iftar session which means the fast is now ended, date is usually consumed as a starter. After iftar, one is free to eat till the sehri time comes. In this month special preparations are being made in starting and ending weeks of Ramadan to entertain the guests also.