Devout Muslims do not eat pork, and eat only halaal meat. The Iraq diet is based around rice, unleavened bread, spiced meat dishes and stuffed vegetables.Strong coffee or tea is served before all meals. The main meal is usually mid-afternoon.
Women may eat in a different area, and serve the men. Food is prepared in abundance for the guests. The right hand is used only to eat, and food is often eaten in the hand.