Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Iraqi Breakfast

BM # 56
Week : 4 , Day: 2
Theme: Breakfast across countries
Country : Iraq

Breakfast is a luxury for the people of Iraq. Economic sanctions imposed by the UN devastated the country's day to day supply. The country's children suffer from malnutrition and disease, which is so sad.

Today we concentrate on Iraq , as it was before foreign military intervention, as it still is when the ingredients are available and as we hope it will survive in the future.

Breakfast in Iraq is typically a light meal. Egg dishes are common. Like many countries, primary breakfast is bread . They normally eat a flat bread called Khubz and an oval bread called Samoon.

At breakfast the bread is enjoyed with Bigilla,butter, jam, Labneh and Date Mollasses. Bigilla is bean paste made from broad beans which is like Hummus and very very delicious.Dates are a important part of their breakfast and they eat pastries with stuffed dates.

They normally brew their coffee very thick and bitter and they take it black. While making this coffee I was reminded of my cousin who then stayed in Dubai. He had taken us to a coffee shop and ordered typical middle eastern coffee. I remember his teeth were all black after the coffee, and we couldn't help laughing. Later he told it was because the coffee was thick ! The Iraqis also serve tea and orange juice for breakfast.

So let's get to the Iraqi Breakfast that I prepared for my family.

The menu

( sautéed spinach with chick pea flour , a vegetarian Omelet )

( Arabic flatbread )

( a broad bean paste , similar to the popular hummus )

( a date pastry)

( Yogurt Cheese )

Cucumbers and Tomatoes






Orange Juice



Spinach Omelet

Date Pastry

This is authentic breakfast from Iraq, but I served it for dinner. I was not sure how my family would react to this , though I know that pita and hummus are a favorite and the Khubz and Bigilla were another version of the Middle East combo. 

I was more than happy when everyone licked off the Bigilla bowl , and everyone raved about the Khubz. The tomatoes and cucumbers were perfect accompaniments , though I had to make some instant spinach falafels , so they could fill the Khubz pockets. Spinach Falafels? Aw !..I would have been killed if I would have clicked pics at that time, everyone was on the dining table. But I promise I shall make some day specially for you guys.

I made just one Spinach Omelet and it disappeared in seconds, a simple vegetarian healthy omelet with chick pea flour.

The Date Pastry could have been baked, but I got lazy and deep fried , though everyone liked it ,the Bigilla and Khubz overpowered . I knew it was wrong time to serve. This should have been served as a dessert and with ice cream. May be next time !

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  1. Wonderful spread and yummy breakfast.

  2. What a delicious spread you got there Vaishali..everything sounds and looks sinful..will wait for the spinach falafal to be posted..:)

  3. why would your family not like this spread, when made with such precision and love ...this is too good for a breakfast...lovely spread

  4. If I get a beakfast like this I will be very happy every thing looks so delicious...

  5. The whole spread looks amazing.I am speechless ...every dish is perfect .Love the clicks.

  6. OMG.. how you prepare all these? No wonder they call you queen of the kitchen

  7. Wow..Wonderful, you amazed me with each posts of yours.Sure treat to our eyes. Kudos to your efforts and patience.

  8. Wow, that bigilla with khubz i dont mind having them both rite now for my lunch. Cant resist to that date pastry, again a fabulous breakfast spread.

  9. If I get breakfast like this then I will never skip breakfasts... Looks awesome

  10. i loved the dishes used for the pictures and presentation. every dish looks fulfilling and inviting

  11. Lovely Iraqi breakfast spread. Everything looks very inviting and delicious.

  12. My heart goes out to Iraqis. Mindless terrorism and war have torn apart the country. That is one simple yet elaborate breakfast platter.

  13. loved the presentation !! BMs are so incomplete without spreads like these from you :)

  14. Very filling and wholesome breakfast spread.

  15. My god Vaishali its amazing. Here I ma struggling with everyday food and you ar eserving such exotic meals.