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Traditional Iraqi food in Deira

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

Immediately a small yet welcoming bowl of potato and vegetable soup arrives next to a basket of naan and samoon breads. Then there are plates of black olives, pickles and a bowl of natural yoghurt on ice – not to mention a hearty platter of fresh vegetables on a bed of green leaves.

You’d be well advised, however, to plump for the traditional Iraqi shammi. What looks like an inflated pillowcase of crisp batter arrives on a base of bread and a scattered salad of white cabbage, onions, cucumber and crimson tomatoes.

Tear the dome open to reveal an Aladdin’s cave of tender lamb and chicken pieces tumbling over fragrant wild rice, noodles, sultanas and pine nuts beneath a seductive plume of steam.

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