Stew of White Beans

Margat Fasoulya Yabsa

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Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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Fasoulya yabsa (dried beans) are a staple pulse in Iraq. The white cannellini beans are the only white variety people inside Iraq know. Margat fasoulaya – often called margat yabsa – is a wintertime favorite dish with rice. You may use other varieties of white beans for this stew.


  • 2 cups (16 oz/450 g) white beans, picked over, washed, soaked overnight, then drained


  • In a medium pot, cover beans with 2 in/5 cm of cold water. Bring to a quick boil, skimming as needed. Lower heat and let cook gently, covered, just until beans are almost tender, abou