Sunday, 6 April 2014

Yakhnit al-batata (Lebanese potato stew)

After some friends tasted my mothers yakhnit al-batata, they requested I put up the recipe for it - as it is a very delicious dish mashAllah. So I decided to make it today for the family, and share this easy dish, which requires little ingredients and little effort - yet the results are just yummilicous :D !

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 4-5 people
  • Prep time: 5-10 mins
  • Cooking time: 30 mins altogether (including frying the potatoes)
What you will need:

8 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut into eight pieces
sprinkle of salt
400g minced meat
1 + 1/4 tsp salt
1 + 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
half a bunch of coriander, chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2-3 cups boiling water
1 chicken stock cube (we always use magi)

How to make:

1) Sprinkle the salt over your prepared potato, whilst you are heating up the vegetable oil for frying. Fry the potatoes until golden brown then remove onto a plate with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil

2) In a medium sized pot, cook the minced meat over medium heat. Once the meat browns, add the salt, cinnamon and black pepper, then mix well

3) Add the chopped coriander and the crushed garlic to the pot, and leave until the garlic cooks and the coriander wilts (at least 7-10 mins)

4) Add 2-3 cups of boiling water (add less first, and then add more later if the mixture dries up), followed by the chicken stock cube. Add the potatoes, then increase the heat to high, and allow the mixture to boil for at least 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for a further 10 mins until the potatoes are easy to split

It is as easy as that! Whilst the potatoes cook, you can prepare the white rice, if you wish. Or if you prefer to eat it with bread, then be my guest! :D This is a really flavoursome dish and as you can see, one of the ones you can prepare quickly and effortlessly! Enjoy!


  1. ما شالله عليكي طيبة مبين عليها

  2. This looks delicious. But isnt that too much salt with the maggi combined? S

    1. 1 tsp salt for a stew is good for me...but if you are worried it's too much for you, add less to begin with and then taste later and add more if. needed :)

  3. Asalamu alaikum sis. Just made this tonight for dinner but the potatoes didnt turn out golden brown like yours lol :( ma shaa Allah. Also after the potatoes were finished cooking in the water, they went all weird and didn't look like yours. I put about 2 and a half cups of water as you said in the method but how come yours look crispy :(

    1. Wa alaikum alsalam sis. Sorry to hear this. The crispiness comes from when you fry the potatoes - until golden brown. If you had taken a picture, I would be able to have a look as to what you mean. Not leaving them for too long when cooking in the stew will ensure they do not go mushy. If you ever need immediate help whilst making a meal, or if you want to show me how your dish looked like, please feel free to email - I will be able to reply to you inshAllah as soon as I receive the email. Practice makes perfect inshAllah, so don't feel disheartened :)

    2. Did you deep fry the potatoes or shallow fry? I think i did leave them for too long in the stew :( wahhhh lol it was still nice alhamdulilah we ate it with bread and yogurt lol. In sha Allah next time i will email you when i need help :D barak Allahu feeki sis

  4. What kind of mince and rice would you recommend?

    1. Either beef or lamb mince, it wouldn’t matter. Whichever you prefer. We generally use basmati rice for rice dishes :)