Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

I had ‘Makhlama‘ for breakfast this morning. Makhlama simply means “Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce”. The main spice in this recipe is turmeric. At first, I was a bit hesitant about adding turmeric to eggs because I had never done that before. Anyway it turned out so well I’m now planning to eat Makhlama at least once a week. Please use fresh ripe tomatoes for this recipe. I can’t imagine what it would taste like if one added some store bought tomatoes. I would like to thank Sammy and Sufi for this simple but tasty recipe. For original recipe click here.

 I love broccoli. I can eat it for breakfast lunch and supper 24/7 so I blanched some on the side.

Sauté the onions in hot olive oil over medium-low heat until light brown and caramelized. This takes time so be patient and stir from time to prevent it form burning.

Once the onions are slightly caramelized, add the tomatoes, salt and spices and cook over medium-high heat until the tomatoes become thickened.

Add the eggs and cook stirring from time to time to your desired doneness.

Serve. I had mine for breakfast….

Iraqi Eggs in Tomato Sauce (Makhlama)

Preparation time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredients


  • 4 eggs, beaten (you can add 2-3 tablespoons 10% cream)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
  • 4-5 small ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or 1 teaspoon chilli flakes or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Please note that I only made ¼ of this recipe, for myself…..

Instructions

  1. 
Sauté the onions in hot olive oil over medium-low heat until light brown and caramelized. This takes time so be patient and stir from time to prevent it form burning.
  2. Once the onions are slightly caramelized, add the tomatoes, salt and spices and cook over medium-high heat until the tomatoes become thickened.
  3. Add the eggs and cook stirring from time to time to your desired doneness.
  4. Serve with warm delicious breads, cheeses, and fresh herbs. And of course a nice hot cup of Masala chai!

Points to Note

  1. I blanched some broccoli on the side in salted boiling water and served it with the eggs and two toasts.
  2. Please do not use store bought tomato sauce for this recipe. Thank you!
  3. It was very filling, more like eating lunch.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

11 thoughts

  1. Hi Liz, this would be a great addition to the tomato theme over at Food on Friday (which is on right now). Each month there are 3 different themes plus a Potluck – so you should always be able to share something. If you would like to join in the fun on a regular basis please schedule a reminder for the second Friday of each month (NZ time). Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

    1. You must try it. It tastes really nice. Have a nice weekend. Ours is full of rain. It will be raining for four straight days non-stop.
      Liz

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