Roasted Baby Watermelon and Vegetable Fatta

Fattit Ajir

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Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

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This unusual dish is a specialty of the southern Gaza Strip and neighboring Sinai. Fattit ajir is a family affair (specifically a men’s affair) that can take more than half the day to prepare, as Laila discovered when visiting the Sheikh family, descendants of refugees from Bir el Sabi’ now living in Bani Suhayla. The dish is enjoyed out in the open in late spring or early summer, when baby watermelons are in season. The recipe calls for skewering young, unripe water