I LOVE connecting with fellow travelers. Subscribe our email newsletter for future updates. Let your host seat you and when sitting be sure to keep your feet flat on the floor or pointed behind you as pointing the soles of your feet at another can be offensive. Being surrounded by desert the neighboring people had little to offer the Iraqis that wasn't already present in the region. It is traditional to sacrifice a lamb or a goat to celebrate holidays. Iraqis view each part of the animal as healthy and nutritious, and make sure to cook all the organs, including the heart, kidneys and liver, brain, feet, eyes, and ears.

This is where I share travel advice and help people pursue their traveling dreams. Believe it or not, the Iraqi Cuisine, also called the Mesopotamian Cuisine, dates back to 10,000 years, during the time of the pre-Islamic civilizations including Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian. You can learn more about me and my mission on the about me page.

Add to this wheat, barley, rice and dates, you have the basics that will be found in any Iraqi kitchen. Iraqi Biryani and Dolma or “samak masgouf”, the most famous traditional Iraqi dish are some of the other must-haves at the dinner table. What is it: This is a pastry dessert that can have four variations in the cooking style, viz. From kebbeh to kebabs, a truly traditional meal will be followed by a soup and then a main course of rice and meat – beef, fish or tashreeb chicken. If you get invited to dine with the locals the first two rules you must follow are to dress conservatively (see our Iraq Culture Page for more details). Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions.

What does it taste like: The marinated meat, added with exclusive Mideastern spices, gets a very tender texture and a subtle taste after it is slow-cooked over an open fire. This meat can be sheep, lamb, chicken, beef, goat or fish. © 2020 (Flavorverse).All rights reserved. Kebab, which is grilled meat on a stick. Additionally, Levantine foods from Syria and Lebanon have arrived, but primarily as additions to the diet as items like hummus and tabbouleh are more common, but not dominate foods as they are further west.

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If dining in a nice restaurant (if any can be found) be sure to check the bill for a service charge. What is it: This is the Iraqi version of the popular Biryani – slow-cooked rice with meat – which is also popular in many Mid-Eastern Islamic countries and other places around the world with Muslim population.
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The head, called pacha, of the sheep is considered to be a delicacy, very healthy and delicious in Iraq, and commonly eaten by men so they become strong. Iraq is a country between two rivers, a place where civilizations were born – and where the aroma of history blends with traditional Iraqi flavors to offer you distinctly delicious dishes, rich in taste, aroma and delight.

Iraqis have a deep appreciation for their own cuisine. What is it: An old Mesopotamian grilled fish dish, the open cut freshwater fish from the river Tigris is marinated with the skin on, and then roasted on a low heat for hours. Iraq is home to this smorgasbord of taste that combines the very best from each of these cultures to create a truly unique culinary experience. Ancient tablets have been excavated containing recipes that were cooked in the temples during their religious festivals. However, the raw version is considered to be the tastiest. Consider some of the core ingredients: coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and mint. Eat as the locals eat; in most settings this means eating in the continental style (knife in the right hand, fork in the left); on some occasions and with some foods you may eat with your hand, but only touch your food with your right hand. Some restaurants may include a service charge that will replace the tip, but if no service charge is included a tip of about 10-15% in a nice restaurant is appropriate. Muslims who did not take the pilgrimage will celebrate with their families. Your email address will not be published. This very old lunch/dinner main-course dish is cooked in an exclusive Iraqi style, and is a common menu for occasions like Eid or local wedding parties. While this is somewhat uncommon today, to some conservative Muslims this is important so observe the local restaurant's situation and follow their lead. Kanafeh can be served after any meal and is getting more and more popular in the other parts of Middle East. Quzi. What is it: This is again a meat menu. Try a bit of everything offered as turning down food is rude.
This is basically a family of dishes of stuffed vegetables, with meat being mainly used for the purpose. When eating in Iraq there are a few etiquette rules you must know and follow. The most common foods in Iraq are: 1. Food is prepared in great quantities and no expense is spared. Lemon, mint, dill, parsley and coriander are key ingredients in many Iraqi dishes, and you’ll find them generously used to add that extra touch of taste to many of their dishes. Iraqi cuisine is an essence of the rich heritage of the country, complemented by the culinary influences of its geographic neighbors: Iran, Syria and Turkey. What does it taste like: The use of many essences, spices, and flavors, along with scented rice and meat gives it an awe-inspiring flavor.

Eid al-Adha is a 4-day celebration, in which Muslims take a pilgrimage (haj) to mecca and return to their families, celebrating the completion of their journey.

Try to arrive on time for a meal and if eating in a local's home remove your shoes at the door if others have done so. Basic Economy.