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The Iraqi Family Cookbook

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Fava Beans with Rice-Timman Bagila باقلة بالتمن

You can find bagila in the frozen section in the Asian supermarkets or Middle Eastern stores.

You can use fresh fava beans, but you will have to peel every pod and bean.
¼ cup oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound peeled fresh or frozen fava beans
1 cup fresh dill, chopped (shbint)
1 ½ cup basmati rice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup water
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken or stewed lamb
Sauté onions in oil and add fava beans and dill. Add salt and pepper and ½ cup of water. Stir in the cooked meat or chicken. Leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. In a separate pot of boiling water, pour in the rice and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove rice from the stove and pour in a colander to drain. Add rice to the fava beans mixture. Stir it well and leave it to simmer on low heat until the rice grains are cooked.
Serve with yogurt and cucumber salad.