Kurdish Food

© Chris De Bruyn, Flickr

© Chris De Bruyn, Flickr

Kurdish food is typical of the region, sharing similar qualities with Armenian, Arab, Assyrian and Turkish food.

Typical Kurdish Food

Common foods include dolma (vegetables stuffed in grape leaves), kofta (spiced meatballs or meatloaf), flatbreads, honey and black tea.[1] As nomads and herders, lamb and chicken have been staple meats in Kurdish cuisine for centuries. Vegetables, pilaf and dairy products also comprise a large portion of traditional Kurdish food. Frequently, lamb or chicken are simmered in a tomato and yogurt-based sauce and served over rice- or bulgur-pilaf.[2]

Kurdish Mealtime

Kurdish meals are generally eaten while sitting on the floor, and are served on a small cloth placed in the center of the room. Traditionally, hot dishes, cold dishes and sweets are all served at the same time.[3]


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