Bir el Sabi’ Lamb and Wheat

Ijrishit Bir el Sabi’

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6–8

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Ijrisha is the name generally used for bulgur pilaf, but in the desert oasis town of Bir el Sabi’, it was also the name of a celebrated dish made for weddings and other special occasions, taught to us by Um Hazim AlAjrami. In Gaza, refugees from Bir el Sabi’ still make it to celebrate their important events. As with other wheat berry–based dishes, don’t be alarmed if the kernels don’t actually appear to get crushed: the point is to release some of the natural starche