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This one pot- Libyan Mbakbaka, is rich in flavor and unique texture. Serve this versatile dish as a main course or side dish. Libyan Makbakan is a traditional pasta recipe passed down through generations. The dish originates from the coastal regions of Libya and has become popular among the Libyan people. This hearty meal is made with a savory combination of pasta, tomato paste, and various warm spices, like turmeric caraway seeds, coriander, and seven spices, making it a tasty and flavorful dish. With its origins in Libya, this traditional recipe has been a staple of Mediterranean cuisine for centuries. This recipe will please all palates as a side or main course.
My mom had a unique spin on spaghetti for years, always using seven spices to make the flavors of lamb pieces pop. But what makes this Libyan Mbakaka different in addition to the seven spices and indeed tantalizing is caraway seeds! This nutty-bitter spice combination adds a hint of sharpness you won’t find anywhere else – it’s enough to make your taste buds sing! Libyan Mbakaka brings out those beautiful ingredients in every bite.
Notes and Tips
1- I used lamb leg pieces or explored other options like a shoulder of the lamb for a more tender texture. If ground beef is more to your liking, go all out – remember that cooking time needs some adjustments!
2- Toast the caraway seeds slightly over medium heat, then crush them with a pestle. If you do not have any caraway, you could replace it with a combination of either anise, fennel, or coriander seeds
3- 7-spice mix (also known as seven Bharat) is an irresistible blend of robust flavors such as black pepper and cardamom. Cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, smoked paprika, and more to give your meals that zing
4- Add uncooked spaghetti after the lamb is tender and perfectly cooked. Make sure there’s enough sauce – if you need more liquid, add hot water.
5- Use a large pasta to pair well with the pieces of lamb. Lumache, Paccheri, or Rigatoni are good choices when making this pot-Libyan Mbakbaka.
How to Serve One Pot-Libyan Mbakbaka?
When serving the Libyan Mbakbaka, enjoy it in many different ways. My favorite is to serve hot and fresh out of the pan with a sprinkle of freshly grated cheese. Toppings like parsley, mint, black olives, and capers add extra flavor. Add a dollop of yogurt or sour cream to the top of the dish for an extra special treat. I also served it with a side of salad or roasted vegetables.
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Libyan Mbakbaka is known for its rich flavor and unique texture. It is a versatile dish that can be served as a main course or side dish. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a hearty dinner, this traditional Libyan meal will satisfy your taste.
|½ tablespoon caraway seeds|
|½ tablespoon seven spices|
|1 teaspoon turmeric|
|1 teaspoon paprika|
|1 tablespoon olive oil|
|1.5 lbs small pieces of boneless lamb leg|
|2 medium size onions (chopped)|
|3 garlic cloves (minced)|
|2 jalapenos (chopped fine)|
|½ tablespoon salt|
|6 oz tomato paste|
|6 cups warm water|
|1 lb pasta|
|Chop it in Italian parsley for garnish!|
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