Fried Fish a la Harun Al-Rasheed

Samak Maqli

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Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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In an Arabian Nights story, the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad Harun al-Rasheed once disguised himself as a fisherman for his amusement. He caught some fish, and volunteered to fry it for two young lovers in an orchard. For seasoning, he used salt, saffron, wild marjoram, and cumin. When the fish was fried, he put it on a banana leaf, and gathered from the garden wind-fallen fruits, limes and lemons (from the story of ‘Nur al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anees al-Jalees,’ Burton, vol.2).