Melanie Shurka dedicates hours to make the Iraqi and Kurdish dumpling soup kubeh. It has become a beloved dish in Israel and a defining food of Mizrachi cookery, or the food of the Jews who settled in the Middle East.
The finished dumplings, properly fried to a light crisp. The half-moon shape was meant to resemble ancient Chinese currency. Eating the dumplings was believed to bring fortune and prosperity.
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