But how did an Iraqi-Israeli eggplant sandwich end up with mango chutney as a central ingredient? Since the medieval era, Iraqi Jewish traders maintained close business and personal ties with India. (To this day, one of the largest Indian Jewish communities calls themselves the "Baghdadi Jews" after their origins in Iraq.) The frequency of trade meant mango chutney was frequently imported to Iraq, where locals - Muslim, Jewish, and Christian alike - introduced it to the Iraqi larder, after jazzing up the condiment with fenugreek, mustard, and chili. Moving ahead a few hundred years, and a few hundred miles west, the Iraqi-Indian ingredients met with extant Israeli cooking methods: the sandwich went into fluffy Israeli pita rather than the traditional Iraqi flatbread; European-inspired cucumber pickles were thrown in too; and the Israeli passion for adding hummus to any sandwich was, of course, indulged.