Feb 20, 2012
Baghali Ghatogh (Lima Beans with Eggs and Dill)
Eggs cooked with dill-scented lima beans is a comforting northern Iranian specialty. This recipe first appeared in our March 2012 issue, with Anissa Helou's story The Land of Bread and Spice.
Credit: Ali Farboud
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ tsp. ground turmeric
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups finely chopped dill
1 cup dried lima beans, soaked overnight, drained
¼ tsp. crushed saffron
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Saffron threads, to garnish
Heat butter in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add turmeric and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups dill and the beans; cook until dill is slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Add crushed saffron and 5 cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until beans are tender, about 1½ hours. Season with salt and pepper; stir in remaining dill. Using a spoon, form 4 shallow wells in bean mixture; crack an egg into each well. Cook until eggs are cooked over-easy, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with saffron before serving.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #145