Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)

Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)


"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.


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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.

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 1 bouillon cubeand 1 cup of water. I will definitely make ...

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