Green bean curry ~ Marag Lubyah

This is one of my favourite Iraqi tomato curry / stew and am glad my kids like it too. It is delicious and brings me warm memories of family gatherings and spoons hitting plates and clinking between moments of silence that breaks the chatter across the table.  This is a lovely comfort giving dish with…

Kubbat Halab – Easy Rice Kubba

I have finally made KUBBBAAAAAA  !!! You don’t know how happy I am, truly ecstatic. I have been putting off making these delicious Iraqi rice patties for years. Instead I opted out to eating them in restaurants and bulk buying from my favourite Mediterranean grocers in London  (Alwan Supermarket – Kingsbury High Road NW9). So…

Iraqi Chicken Soup

We have all heard about chicken soup being a natural ‘penicillin’ because of its healing properties. It is always cooked by our mothers and grandmothers as soon as we have a cold or are feeling sick. It is found in all cultures across the world served slightly differently. I personally cook this soup for my…

Iraqi Kabab Tawa / Aroog

Mama has many signature dishes, truly she makes magic in the kitchen. One of her dishes that I miss and crave is her Kabab Tawa, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. She usually makes a big batch and freezes it for me, and I make sure I take my freezer bag with…

Iraqi Kufta Tabsi

This is a traditional Iraqi quick dish that I grow up with and love. It is so versatile and really tasty. You can make it vegetarian, use fish, chicken or red meat. I am using mince meat shaped into large balls – Kufta. I am not sure what the word tabsi mean or where it originates from….

Chard Dolmah

Chard or Swiss Chard, is a leaf vegetable that has red or white stalks. Very rich in vitamins and minerals which makes it a very powerful vegetable.  It is used in salads, soups and in Iraq it is used in Dolmah. What is Dolmah ? The origins of the word is Turkish for ‘to be filled’….

Saffron Carrot Halawa

Halawa is a very traditional Iraqi sweet dessert.  The word Halawa means sweet, so expect a lot of sugar in the dish. I have made a healthy version ! Iraqi halawa is sticky thick paste like, that is served on a big plate and each person has their spoon (or shares) and scoops it from…

Iraqi Jewish Chicken – T’beet

T’beet (Iraqi word for staying over night)  is a stuffed chicken dish with rice and spices. It was the traditional Sabbath lunch of the Iraqi Jews. Two things makes this dish special and hence the name of the dish.  T’beet, staying over night, is referenced to the dish being cooked at a very low temperature over night; hence…

Iraqi Carrot Rice

This is a typical Iraqi rice dish. I remember having it throughout my life with slight different variations by mum just to change the flavour slightly and not hear us complain that we are having the same dish again. Mum would respond by “it is not the same dish, this one has (that) or (that vegetable) so it’s a…

Iraqi Aubergine Marag (Curry)

This is one of my favourite Marag (which means curry in Iraqi / Arabic.) because it has aubergines (eggplant) which I simply love and it also reminds me of my childhood dinners. Knowing I am going eat mum’s cooking  after a boring tasteless school lunch puts some excitement in my day ! Sad you may think, but to…