Thursday, December 19, 2013

530. Iraqi Thareed Bagilla

Thareed (or tashreeb) bagilla (ثريد أو تشريب باجلا), or broad bean thareed, is a festive Iraqi breakfast.

Following the same principle of other tashreebs, this meatless variety consists of soaked bread, topped with stewed broad beans, scrambled eggs, and some herbs, the most important of which is the dried butnij (بطنج) or spearmint. Using my magical newly discovered and well-loved pressure cooker, cooking the soaked broadbeans took a meager 40 minutes, as opposed to the 2 and a half hours that would be needed in a regular pot.
Inspired by tummylicious treats.


3 cups dried broad beans, soaked overnight
12 eggs
3 Tbsp ghee
3 discs Iraqi bread
4 spring onion (scallions), sliced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2-3 Tbsp dried butnij (spearmint?)
salt and pepper


Boil the beans in excess water in a pressure cooker for 40 minutes after the whistle goes off.
Following pressure cooker instructions, unlid the pot, add 2 teaspoons salt, and reduce the liquid until just covering the beans.
Meanwhile, tear the bread into a bit bigger than bite-sized and place in a large semi-deep dish.
Ladle the hot beans and the bean broth over the bread, set aside whilst cooking eggs.
Scramble the eggs in hot ghee with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
I scrambled 6 eggs at a time, each 6 in 1 tablespoon ghee.
Arrange the scrambled eggs over the beans.
Sprinkle the eggs with the chopped spring onions, parsley, and dried spearmint (rubbed between your fingers).
Heat the last tablespoon of ghee until very hot, then drizzle carefully over the entire dish. It will sizzle, so be careful.
Serve hot.

صحة و عافية


zahraa said...

Salaam alikum Maryam! Happy New year...Insha'Allah this year brings you and your family health and happiness!!!
Wow...Thareed Bagilaa, this dish is so simple and delicious, yet, it holds so much sentimental values to many Iraqis. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Wa alaikum al salam Zahraa, it's so good to see you here!
May Allah bless all your years and mine and the entire Muslim World's and deem them better, especially for Iraq and Syria, Amen.
That's so true, I'm sure almost everyone holds a sentimental memory associated with thareed bagilla. For me it's my father may Allah have mercy on his soul.
Thank you for passing by and for your generous comment :)

Joann Talabani said...

Hi Maryam. I have only been able to find peeled fava beans in my neck of the woods. Do you think this recipe would still work? I myself dont like eating the gishr anyways. Thanks!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Hi Joann, I think they might disintegrate if you boil it skinless. Have you tried to find broad beans?

Joann Talabani said...

Good point Maryam.....I have not but now my search shall continue! I finally found the elusive butnich here, now on to the broad beans. Thanks for your input as always!! Xoxo