Baghala ghatogh is a northern Iranian speciality dish in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. Traditionally it made beans, dill, poached eggs and spiced with turmeric.
For making this dish needs a type of beans called ‘Pache baghali’ but when you live out of Iran, sometimes it’s difficult to find it, so ‘Fava beans, broad beans, or butter beans are good substitute.
Baghal ghatogh باقالا قاتق, is a vegetarian dish. Northern part of Iran is called ‘ Shomal=North’ and it is located near Caspian sea. It’s a beautiful green land with famous Persian rice and tea fields and forests.
North of Iran is one of favourite destinations for summer time with amazing nature, clean weather far from air pollution and loads of beautiful villas for rent. People are so friendly and welcoming with tasty meals such as baghal ghatogh.
- 250 g Fava beans (broad beans), shelled and peeled
- 50 g fresh or dried dill, finely chopped
- 30 g butter
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 2-3 whole eggs
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté grated garlic for 1 minute. Add fava beans and sauté five minutes.
Add chopped dill, turmeric, salt and pepper. Fry 2-3 minutes.
Add 2 cups of water, bring it to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes. In last 10 minutes, crack the eggs into the stew and poached until eggs are cooked and set.
Baghala ghatogh can be served either with steamed rice or flat bread. Serve one whole poached egg on top of each serving dish.
Hope you enjoy this healthy- easy and delicious beans stew.