Bread simmered in Tamarind Sauce

Mahroog Isib’a (his finger is burned)/Tishribaya

Preparation info
  • Makes


    small servings
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

  • About

A delicious way of consuming stale Iraqi flatbread. Apparently, people eating this dish end up getting their fingers burnt. It is so delicious they can hardly wait for it to cool off a little. It may replace a side dish of rice or potatoes.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions (about cups/9


  • In a heavy medium pot, heat oil and sauté onion until transparent, about 6 minutes. Add curry powder and turmeric a few moments before onion is done, and stir until aromatic.
  • Add garlic, salt, pepper, chili, tomato paste or sauce, and tamarind syrup. Stir together for a few minutes.
  • Add bread, and cover with hot water by up to