Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day L: Lablabi

This April, I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, writing about the A to Z of Iraqi Culture. Do give in your own two cents in the comments below and let me know if you have anything to add or something similar to share from your own culture.


The bell rings, echoing along all the corridors, signalling the end of schools. Out run all the kids, guided by the distant familiar drawl they can hear from so far away:

Salty and good! Get your chick-peas! Fill your pockets!

They come to a halt at the source of the sound, holding out their coins by a carriage on wheels carrying a huge pot of chick-peas. They huddle around it, the steam of the pot a relief against the winter cold.

A street lablabi stand in Iraq

It is not surprising that lablabi is such a popular street-side snack in Iraq. It was in this same land, between the two rivers, that the first chickpeas were farmed. The people of Mesopotamia know that nothing could be more suitable in cold weather than a hot bowl of drained chick-peas boiled with salt, lemon and turmeric.



  1. Here in Kerala, we have 'thattukada's which sell snacks. They open at around 4 in the evening and are a big boon to people returning after work. My favourite thattukada dish consists of green peas and scrambled eggs with a dash of pepper, garnished with onions and tomatoes.

    Mmmm... all the food-talk is making me hungry :)

  2. :O I didn't know chickpeas originated in Iraq. This gets better and better :D

    And, just a kind of irrelevant side note... 'lablabi' is so fun to say x)

  3. Love the world "lablabi"... and chickpeas.

  4. Wow,never thought of them as snacks, very interesting indeed. Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  5. That sounds like a delicious way to prepare chickpeas--and such a healthy snack! Love the photograph.

  6. We also use Chick Peas in a snack called "Chole". I think they are good for you and are very tasty.

  7. Hi Ghadeer ... I do love chickpeas and use them quite often ... lovely photo and interesting to know they came about from the farming in Mesopotamia ..

    Cheers Hilary


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