Iraqi Vegetarian Recipes


Iraqi cuisine has a long - very long - history, having developed over a span of almost 10,000 years. The Babylonians, and later the Sumerians and Assyrians, set forth the beginnings of modern human civilization in Mesopotamia, creating and codifying some of the first agricultural methods and cooking techniques. Ancient tablets found in Iraq detail techniques that have been used for thousands of years - the world's first "cookbooks".

Modern Iraqis consume a diet influenced strongly by this culinary history, but peppered with flavors from nearby lands such as Syria, Turkey, Persia, and even Greece. Iraqi vegetarian recipes are based mostly on fresh vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, fruits, and cheeses, with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, sumac, saffron, and cumin providing a savory and complex flavor profile.

Check out the menu on your right for our list of Iraqi vegetarian recipes!