Haji Mala Karim Mahmoud Babajani was born in 1900 in Salas-e-Babajani, Kermanshah Province, Iran. At 16 years old he crossed the border and settled in Northern Iraq, Kurdistan. A successful businessman, he traded textiles within the region and was also know for his liberal views. He was a very generous person, well known for helping others in the community, particularly those less fortunate.
He married Ayesha, a Kurdish girl from Halabja and they had thirteen children. One of their children, Salma, grew up to be an educator and the most wonderful cook. Everything she learned about food she learnt from home. She is my mother.
My mother taught me about food, not just how to cook, but how to taste.
She taught me how to share and to let guests start first.
She taught me how to make people feel welcome with just a plate.
She taught me how to express love through cooking.
After I married, she opened her home to my husband and taught him the same.
Babajani is our tribute to my mother and to her father, her Bowajan, whom she loved dearly.
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Our flavours inspired from the ancient region of Mesopotamia, known as modern day Iraq. Inspiration is also drawn from surrounding regions.
We use fresh ingredients daily to produce a wide ranging deli counter, with something for everyone and all ages. Along our counters, savoury dips, sweet treats, a salad bar and our speciality roasted nut mix. You will also find our signature, sugar free vegan granola, homemade with Basra date syrup. Our shelves are also stocked with our own brand pantry items that we have sourced with the finest attention to taste.
So it begins, with flavours my mother was raised with in my grandfather's house in Northern Iraq. Pomegranate, lemon, dates, rose, turmeric, sesame, cardamom and cumin . . .
The journey has begun. Join us.
We have a juice press that will juice pure pomegranate juice or orange juice, or a mix of both.
Babajani also brings you a range of the classics and keeps it real with a traditional manual lever coffee machine. Coffee lovers will delight. Our coffee is Latin, a little further away from our Mesopotamian flavours, but perfectly complimentary to our sweet bites.
Tea is more than just a hot drink at Babajani, it is a conversation with a friend. We have a wide range of Ahmad tea for you to try. For those of you who have the time we have our own Babajani blend made with rose petals and black cardamom tea that is bottomless.
Sit, sip and enjoy over and over.