Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)

Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)

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"This is AMAZING! Very popular, simple dish made in Egyptian households. Once you make it, it will become a favorite for sure. When finished, you should have super tender beef with a thick oniony sauce. The onions will have cooked down to a thick rich sauce."
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2 h 20 m servings 394 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 394 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.8g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium:
  • 770 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Combine beef, butter, and canola in a large saucepan; cook and stir beef over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add onions, chicken bouillon, 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 into a thick sauce, at least 2 hours.



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.

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!

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 on...

This "Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)" recipe was very good but not so spicy (as would be obvious from the list of ingredients). I ended up throwing in 4 extra bay leaves be...

Wow. This was so good and so simple!

This was SO tasty!!! Great way to use stew meat!

This is different than our normal evening meals - which is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted a stew, but not a traditional American type of dish. This was perfect for something differen...

This was delicious with the addition of Cumin and Coriander and extra Bay Leaves. It was a little watery, so next time I would add only 3 bouillon cubes and 2 1/2 cups of water. I will definitel...

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