Baid Mutajjan – Middle Eastern Fried Hard Boiled Eggs

May 14, 2014

Author Notes: A Middle Eastern egg dish flavoured with sumac and sesame seeds. Derived from the cookbook 'Traditional Arabic Cooking'.Dhanya Samuel

Serves: 4


  • 5 fresh eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons sumac
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • to season salt
  • to garnish coriander leaves
In This Recipe


  1. 1.Hard boil the eggs, remove shell and cut into halves. Season lightly with salt.
  2. 2.Dry roast the sesame seeds till light golden; make sure not to burn.
  3. 3.Coarsely grind the sumac and sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle and keep aside.
  4. 4.In a flat pan, heat oil (on medium heat) and place the eggs yolk side down. A bit of splutter is expected. (You can fry the eggs whole too without cutting into halves but ensure that you prick a couple of holes with a fork to avoid the eggs from exploding.)
  5. 5.After a minute or two, turn the eggs over and fry another minute. Remove from flame.
  6. 6.Roll or dust the eggs with the sumac-sesame seed blend. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves just before serving.

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