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Place of origin Iran
Region or state Bahrain, Iran and Kuwait, and Turkey
Main ingredients Fish, water
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Mahyawa or mehyawa (Persian: مهیاوه‎‎) is an Iranian cuisine tangy sauce made out of fermented fish.


Mahyawa originates in the southern coastal regions of Iran, but has become a popular food item in the Persian Gulf countries, brought by the migration of the Arab Huwala and Ajam communities. It is typically served on top of a wafer thin crispy flat bread called regag or tumushi, and falazi. Mahyawa is made from salted Anchovies and ingredients include: fennel seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and mustard seeds.

Mahyawa is often sold at bakeries and by street vendors in the southern parts of Iran, especially Hormozgan, Bushehr and the southern parts of Fars province, in clear bottles, showing the brown colored sauce.

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