Exotic spice is true grit!
Quick quiz: If you have a meal in The Gulf region and can’t quite place the distinctive, piquant, exotic flavor, it’s most likely…
a) Amba, a savory mango pickle condiment
b) Cardamom seeds mixed with cumin
c) Mahlab, made from the St.Lucie Cherry
d) About 30 pounds of desert sand embedded at high speed during the cooking process
That’s right, it’s d), so don’t try to chew every little bit of it.
Check out the masked dude below, just going along roasting his chickens in the middle of a sandstorm.
Meanwhile, for those of you worried about nutrition, just consider this dish enough roughage to prepare for four colonoscopies in a row.
A worker roasts chickens at a roadside restaurant during a sandstorm in Baghdad July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash