Barbecued Fish

Simach Masgouf

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Appears in
Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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One of the most popular ways for preparing fish in Baghdad is by grilling it as masgouf, a method which in all probability goes back to ancient Mesopotamia. In some ancient Sumerian texts, fish was described as being ‘touched by fire,’ and ‘placed upon the fire,’ which possibly means placed on the glowing coals. Masgouf, as we shall see, is cooked in two stages. First, it is touched or licked by fire, and then it is placed on the fire. In modern times, masgouf is, more