Homestyle Potatoes – M’faraket Batata [GF; VO]

A simple and filling breakfast or side dish for any potato lover!

I was raised in the Middle East. Overseas, we used to eat together as a family three times during the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If one of my family members missed breakfast, then he/she would not miss lunch or dinner. Family time was very important, and it’s something that I passed on to my children. In the Middle East, the main meal of the day is lunch.

My father used to buy potatoes in big sacks from Al Hesba (free market). Therefore, my mother always tried to create new meals with potatoes that could go with any meal of the day. The M’faraket Batata is one of my favorite potato dishes that we eat at breakfast or dinner. An easy and delicious meal to make! Whenever I am indecisive about what to cook, my children ask me to make M’faraket Batata. I love making this dish, not only because my family loves it, but it’s a simple and filling dish for any and all potato lovers!


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Homestyle Potatoes – M’faraket Batata
A simple and filling breakfast or side dish for any potato lover!
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  1. 8 potatoes
  2. 1 onion
  3. 1 bunch of parsley
  4. 1tsp salt
  5. ½ tsp 7 spices
  6. ½ tsp black pepper
  7. ½ tsp safflower
  8. 3 tbs lemon juice
  9. 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  1. Peel the potatoes, wash them, and cut them into cubes.
  2. On high heat, place 4 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add the chopped onion and sauté it for a few minutes.
  4. Add the potato cubes.
  5. Decrease the heat to medium and continue sautéing the potatoes until they are fully cooked.
  6. Add the salt, 7 spices, safflower, and black pepper.
  7. Squeeze, or add, lemon juice over the potatoes and mix.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the chopped parsley and mix it with potatoes and onions.
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2 comments for “Homestyle Potatoes – M’faraket Batata [GF; VO]

  1. katharina
    February 18, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Hello dear lovely mother from Palestine,

    i love your recipes and i love it to see, how beautifull it is to
    eat together in such a lovely atmosphere. My mother was from Serbia
    but we lived in Germany. Sadly, she died and with her all the love and
    so much has gone with her. I miss her so much. I thank God, that he gave me such a god mother and now
    for me every women could be a mother and so i greet you with ” mama from Palestine” 🙂
    I have a friend from Palestine and i love your people. As I saw your video with your family, preparing the breakfast, are all in my heart. Please make more videos because we all want to learn some delicious recipes of your homeland Palestine.
    Now I have one quetion….what is safflower ? I cant find it…is it safron? or Curcuma because it is yelleo…or is it samething diffrent ? I would make your M faraket batata 🙂
    And i also will make the 7 Spices…. i wondred that you don`t roast the ingrediends..did they are durable if i dont roast them ?

    A big hug to all of you from me

    and God bless you

    • nireiqat
      February 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Hello dear Katharina,

      Thank you for your lovely message. Your words touched my heart. I am honored that you have given me such a wonderful title as “Mama of Palestine.” May God bless your mother and always keep her near to your heart.

      Safflower is a plant. Safflower is used for coloring or flavoring foods, and in medicine. Both raw and powdered safflower can be found at any Middle Eastern or Mexican market. None of the ingredients need to be roasted except for the raw cardamom. If you plan on buying raw safflower and grinding it, the safflower should be warmed up first in a toaster or oven. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

      Hugs and kisses,

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