Basal Mahshi. Photography: Daniel Lailah.
Basal Mahshi. Photography: Daniel Lailah.

Basal Mahshi – Stuffed Onion

Libyan stuffed onions are a festive dish served on Saturdays and holidays. The filling can be vegetarian, with rice or with meat

Ingredients for Stuffed Onion

  • 3 onions large and long

For the sauce:

  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato grated
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika sweet or hot
  • 1 tablespoon Hararat spice blend (a Libyan spice mixture)

For the filling:

  • 1 cup parsley dill, and celery leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • ½ tablespoon Chicken soup powder
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ cup matzo meal
  • ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • 1. Mix the filling ingredients in a bowl until combined.

  • 2. Cut each onion at one end and make a slit along it that reaches the heart of the onion. Place the onions in a bowl with coarse salt to soften (sprinkle salt inside the onion so that the skins come off easily). Separate the layers, rinse from the salt and dry.

  • 3. Heat oil in a pot, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until golden. Add tomato, tomato paste, paprika, pepper and one cup of water, mix well and cook for 5 minutes.

  • 4. Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of each onion layer and roll it loosely. Fasten with a toothpick and place in the pot with the seam facing down. Boil the sauce, shake the pot a little so that all the onions absorb the sauce, reduce the heat, cover and cook for half an hour until the onions are soft.

*שמנו לב שחסרים כמה פרטים קטנים להשלמת הפרופיל שלך ב־FOODISH, אפשר להוסיף אותם בקלות בעמוד המשתמש שלך.