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Marqat bazila'(peas stew)

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

The Iraqi cuisine consists of a variety of Marqat (Stew) dishes daily especially at lunchtime. Most popular dishes during lunchtimes are some type of Marqat or a stew, rice, chicken or lamb or beef or fish, salad, yogurt, and watermelon. These ingredients must have on the lunch table almost every day. In the Iraqi home lunch is the biggest meal of the day, which is around 2 or 3 pm. (Check out the website of different type of Marqat or stew recipes).

This is a simple, easy and fast recipe to cook and to enjoy. You can add any of your favorite meats in it, it can be ground beef, cubed beef or cubed lamp or even cubed chicken breast. You can also turn this dish as a veg dish without any meat if you prefer, it will still taste as delicious. Marqat bazila'(peas stew) It is a traditional Iraqi dish, it can be eaten with basmati rice or as a dip with pita bread.


  • 1 lb ground beef or cubed beef or cubed lamp or cubed chicken

  • 1 large onion chopped

  • 4 to 5 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt as preferred

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika


In a large pot place the ground beef and let it cook fully then add the onion, olive oil, salt, cumin, ground black pepper, coriander powder, and paprika. Let it cook for 10 minutes or until the onion is tender.


  • 1 large tomato chopped

  • 3 cups peas

  • 1- 6oz can tomatoes paste

  • 4 to 5 cups of water

  • 3 to 4 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt as preferred

  • 1 lemon juice


In a pot of the ground beef and onion, add peas and tomatoes cook for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender and mixed well with the other ingredients. Cover the pot and put on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the peas become tender. Then add the tomatoes paste, water, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice. Cook on high heat until all the ingredients incorporated for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.


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