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 Lentil Soup

This is a traditional Iraqi soup that is mainly cooked in Ramadan. Mainly because it is light and gentile on flavour. Lentils are full of iron, fibre, magnesium and they are good blood sugar stabiliser. Which is exactly what you need after a long fast. I have blogged two other lentil soups but this one…

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….

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…

Iraqi lamb stew (Tishreeb)

This is a typical Iraqi dish that is served with white rice or flat Arabic bread. Every Iraqi household must have cooked one of the two variations of this dish. It comes either yellow or red. Yellow is achieved when only using turmeric, red is when you add tomato pure and few large tomatoes. I…