Stew of Chickpeas and Diced Meat

Margat Qeema

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Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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A simple and versatile marga steeped in religious traditions. It derives its name from the way the meat is prepared. Qeema means ‘meat cut up into small pieces’. The term is used in al-Warraq’s thirteenth-century augmented version (Istanbul MS, fol. 268v). The word carried the same sense in the late-fifteenth-century cookbook Ni’matnama written in Urdu, as it still does in Iraq. Interestingly, the word found its way into the Greek cuisine, as in the dish macaronia me