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.

chaka

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs 10 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

    Advertisement

Nutrition Facts

394 calories; protein 21.3g 43% DV; carbohydrates 21.8g 7% DV; fat 24.9g 38% DV; cholesterol 78.1mg 26% DV; sodium 672.7mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2013
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. Read More
(6)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2013
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. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2013
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! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2014
Wow. This was so good and so simple! Read More
(2)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2014
This was SO tasty!!! Great way to use stew meat! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2015
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 because I am quite used to eating highly-spiced food and the flavor of this stew was so mild. I wanted an authentic dish so I resisted adding any other seasoning (not even salt or pepper) until I was done. My meat was very tender after 2.5 hours of cooking on low so I removed it from the onion broth while I turned up the heat to reduce it to a thick onion gravy and this process significantly improved its flavor. Much to my surprise the onion gravy became much sweeter and more delicious after resting for a few hours waiting for suppertime. I decided to spice up our supper by sprinkling it with Egyptian Dukkah (Allrecipes.com rosichops). The DukKah contains salt and pepper (as well as hazelnuts sesame seeds coriander and cumin) so I did not add any salt and pepper to the stew. With the Dukkah topping we really enjoyed this recipe. Thank you Chaka for introducing us to Lahma Bil Basal. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2013
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 different and I think better than the traditional stew. I followed the recipe and I like it as is. Now with that said I screwed up the recipe. I didn't read that it should have been 4 onions until it was nearly done. I only used 1. It needed the other 3. So that's why I say I like it as is. Last note I did let it simmer for nearly 4.5 hours. The beef stayed pretty true to its original form until the last 20 minutes or so of simmering. And then suddenly it fell apart and was amazingly tender. Read More
(2)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2013
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. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
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 this again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2017
Easy and tasted great! Even my picky family liked it. Reminded me of beef stroganoff without the heavy dairy. Read More
(1)