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Batata Bel-lahm (Potatoes & Beef) Iraqi Breakfast

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

This is an Iraqi recipe, it is usually cooked during breakfast or dinner time. I have changed the original recipe by adding more flavor to the dish by incorporating more spices and marinating the beef to soak more flavor. This is a very simple, easy and fast dish to make especially if you are busy and want something fast and tasty to eat. You literally cannot go wrong with this recipe. When I usually have leftover Batata Bel-lahm I would use it for breakfast and I would crack a few eggs on top of the batata bel-lahm and Cook it for few minutes, it would taste wonderful. There are different ways to eat this dish, you can eat it just the way it is, or you can make it in a sandwich by using pita bread or Iraqi Samoon bread (recipe on the website) You fill the bread with Batata Bel-lahm add your favorite vegetables then add tahini or yogurt sauce (recipe on the website) on top and enjoy. I love eating Batata Bel-lahm on the top of the basmati rice and drizzle the yogurt sauce on top, Wow it makes a delicious meal I love it.


  • 1 lb. ground beef cut in thin strips ½ inch

  • 5 clove garlic crushed

  • 2 tablespoon ginger crushed

  • ½ jalapeno pepper crushed

  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 lemon (squeeze the juice)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion chopped

  • 6 to 8 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup water or as needed

  • 5 to 7 peeled and cubed large potatoes

  • salt as preferred

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoon turmeric powder


In a large bowl add the beef, garlic, ginger, jalapeno pepper, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil let Marinate for 1 hour or 2 hours. For fast cooking in half an hour will be fine.

In a large pan over medium heat, add the 3 to 4 tablespoon olive oil then add the marinated beef cook for five minutes add water ¼ cup, lower the heat and cover until the beef is tender and there is no water left.

In another pan add the 3 to 4 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the onion cook for 3 minutes until the onion is tender, add the cooked beef then toss in potatoes, salt, cumin, black pepper, coriander powder, garam masala powder, paprika, and turmeric powder. Then add ¼ cup of water let it boil then lower the heat and cover until the potatoes are fully cooked and tender.


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