Lahma bil basal (Egyptian beef and onion stew)

    2 hours 20 min

    Cubes of beef are simmered with plenty of onions creating a rich and tender beef stew. This is a very popular, simple dish made in Egyptian households.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g diced beef
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
    • 4 onions, very thinly sliced
    • 2 chicken stock cubes
    • 1 bay leaf
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 350ml water, or as needed

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:2hr10min  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 

    1. Combine beef, butter and oil in a large saucepan; cook and stir beef over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add onions, chicken stock cubes, bay leaf, salt and pepper to beef; pour in water. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until beef is tender and onions have reduced down, at least 2 hours.

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    My Egyptian husband tought me this recipe. We love it. He puts it over rice or pasta. I put it on mashed potatoes. But we cook it about 3 or 4 hours.  -  04 Aug 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love this one, but I do it a little differently. I add "seven spice" mix and use a pressure cooker. It gets done in 20-30 mins and is so tender that it falls apart. Over white rice, yummy!  -  28 Aug 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Overall this was extremely yummy. I followed it to a T, my only negative to this whole dish is there was too much onion sauce and not enough meat. And it could account for a few things, 1: my onions were the size of small grapefruits or softballs, so I used only 3 and 2: possibly didn't even need that much water. But the overall flavor of the dish was great, so I can say for sure I will make again, but will add at least another pound of stew meat. It sure was different and delicious. You could totally add veggies to this to make it chunkier.  -  07 Sep 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)