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  • Iraqi woman and her bread oven

    Posted by Brian Jones

    15 October 2003 – breadmaking (86k image)

    Bread is eaten every day in Iraq. In cities people either buy it directly from bakers or mix their own dough and take it to the baker for cooking. In the villages you have to make your own bread every day. People use the tanour, the traditional bread oven, to make their bread. It's fired up with dried cow dung called Mutaal and the dough is slapped between the hands until it becomes a wide round flat pancake before being slapped onto the inside wall of the tanour where it's cooked. It's incredibly good and there is nothing quite like the taste of fresh bread anywhere but particularly here.

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