Makhlama Lahm: A Rich and Spicy Breakfast in Iraq

It’s always a great morning when you can travel to another country before changing out of your PJs. It’s even better when you discover an absolutely amazing dish you know you are going to make over and over again. That is true for makhlama lahm, Iraqi eggs with lamb and tomatoes.

Mise en place
Mise en place

Earlier this year, I made shakshuka, a hearty Israeli breakfast that fueled me through a hike with my friend Jonathan. makhlama lahm is similar, but with the addition of yellow curry powder and lusciously decadent lamb. I daresay that I loved it even more for a solid brunch.

Chopping up the veggies
Chopping up the veggies

Lamb is one of those meats that most people either love or hate. I happen to love the earthy taste of lamb meat, especially when cooked with the acidity of tomatoes. Top it with a sprinkle of curry powder, and I am in heaven.

This baby is ready to go in the oven.
This baby is ready to go in the oven.

Like shakshuka, makhlama is a one-pot dish that cooks up quickly to satiate your morning hunger pains. I’m a meat eater, so I loved that this version had even more protein to start my day off with a energetic push.

Enjoying makhlama with a bit of naan.
Enjoying makhlama with a bit of naan.

The only substitution I made (it’s a small one) were cherry tomatoes for larger vine-ripe ones. It’s what I happened to have on hand from my last shopping trip. I sopped up the egg yolk and meaty sauce with a bit of naan.

Part of a complete breakfast.
Part of a complete breakfast.

What I enjoyed the most about this dish was the use of the lamb, with tomatoes as the co-star. Try out this dish if you like ground lamb and breakfast food. The two make a great pairing.

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2 comments on “Makhlama Lahm: A Rich and Spicy Breakfast in Iraq

  1. Tommy Lee
    January 5, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Thank for for sharing! I love shakshuka, and I add spinach, kale, chard, etc. to it. Looking forward to making this makhlama lahm dish!

    • Laura
      January 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Greens would be awesome in shakshuka!

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