Iraqi White Bean Stew

"needless to say, this is a very popular stew in is easy,simple and delicious. it's eaten for lunch with white rice(basmati or anbar)and green salad on the is cooked with lamb meat, not beef. it is very important to note that when you boil the beans you don't get them fully cooked in order to allow them to be fully cooked in the stew itself"
photo by Huda salih photo by Huda salih
photo by Huda salih
photo by Huda salih photo by Huda salih
Ready In:


  • 1 cup dry white bean, soaked over-night and cooked in the morning until they are half-done
  • 400 g lamb
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons corn oil (or any oil you usually use)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (i prefer madras curry powder-product of india with green label)
  • salt and pepper


  • put the lamb meat in a pot, cover with water.
  • bring to the boil,let it boil for about 30 minutes, lower heatand let it simmer for about 1 hour.
  • in another pot, fry the onions in corn oil on medium heat until it becomes transparent.
  • add the meat ( with its broth if remaining ),beans and tomato paste,stir for about 1 minute until the mixture is well-blended.
  • add the crushed tomato and the spices and the remaining water of boiled beans (or 2 cups water).
  • bring the mixture to a boil, let it boil for 15 minutes, lower the heat and let it simmer for 60-90 minutes.
  • serve with rice and green salad.

Questions & Replies

  1. What other spices are good to use instead of curry powder


  1. without garlic??!
  2. tasted great but the total time of 12 min was very misleading. lolI also felt like the beans kept absorbing the liquid in the stew before they were cooked through.
  3. What cut of lamb? Cubes or whole pieces? The recipe doesn't specify.
  4. so what happened to the meat that you boiled and put aside? there is no mention what you are going to do with it
  5. 4 1/2 stars. This was good I did add a loomi, black lime to the water. I also used sauce instead of crushed tomatoes. I used some sweet curry powder mainly and a little bahrat and no pepper. I could make this again.


  1. I added some coriander, lemon juice and more salt and pepper :))



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