Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is AMAZING! Very popular, SIMPLE dish made in Egyptian households. Once you make it, it will become a favorite for sure. The key is in the onion's consistency once they cook down to the delicious thick sauce. Anyway enjoy, serve with rice or your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the meat well. Put into a saucepan with butter and oil. Cook until all beef lightly browned.
  2. Add all sliced onions, bouillon cubes, salt and pepper, bay leaf and stir around cooking on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Add water, approximately 1-1/2 cups, turn to low, cover and cook for 2 hours or more.
  4. Check during cooking, add more water if too dry. But the onions should give enough liquid with initial water you added.
  5. When finished you should have super tender beef with a thick oniony sauce. The onions will have cooked down to a thick rich sauce.
  6. Serve with rice, pita bread or your favorite pasta, yes pasta; makes a great, different sauce really.
Most Helpful

Very good. I didn't add quite as much water and ended up with a lovely tasty sauce. Thanks for posting!

Jezski October 29, 2009

Mmmm very aromatic! I used the crock pot and a very economical cut of beef. It was fabulous. WARNING: 9 year olds who do not like onions won't eat this dish ;)

invictus August 13, 2009

Great flavor. Tastes good over rice or on a pita. I will definitely be making this again.

C.Luna April 01, 2012