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makhlouta2The literal translation of the word “makhlouta” is “mixed”, referring to the mixture of whole grains used to prepare this healthy stew. Makhlouta can be made with different types of beans (red kidney beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans and fava beans etc.).

Total Servings: 5

Preparation time: 90 minutes


2 cups of lentils, washed

2 cups of chickpeas (soaked overnight in water and bicarbonate)

2 cups of mixed beans (also soaked in water and bicarbonate)

3 tablespoons of kawarma

3 larges onions, finely chopped + 1 whole onion

1/4 cup of bulgur

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of cumin

 Preparation Steps:

  1. Boil the lentils in water until they are half done, on medium fire
  2. Add the peeled chickpeas, the mixed beans and 1 whole onion and keep cooking
  3. Stir-fry the onions with the kawarma and add them to the bean mixture
  4. Add the bulgur and cook until done
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin
  6. Serve hot

Not only do they taste great on their own or mixed, this combination of grains makes a very heart-healthy meal rich in fibers and proteins. For a lighter and healthier version, replace kawarma with ground meat.