Lubia polo as we say in Farsi, is another popular Iranian rice dish. Lubia/loobia is green beans in Farsi. This rice dish is full of colour, flavour and veryyyyyyyy delicious meal for whole family. It is a beautiful combination of rice with fresh green beans, diced or ground meat, tomato paste and aromatic spices.
3 cups rice
4000 g diced meat
200 g green beans
2 large onions
1 large potato
1tsp tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1tbsp saffron water
½ tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp tomato paste
7 fresh tomatoes, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
wash the rice. Soak the rice in salted water ( 1tbsp salt) for 1 hour.
Finely chop onions. In a pot with water add one of chopped onion and meat. Let to cook until tender and soft.
Chop green beans to small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan and add chopped beans. Fry to 10 minutes. Set aside. Grate fresh tomatoes and set aside. Heat the oil and saute second chopped onion until soft, then stir in all spices, fry for 2 minutes more. Add grated tomatoes, tomato paste to the onion. Allow to fry for few minutes. Add fried green beans, Saffron and cooked meat to the sauce. Mix all together and remove it to a plate.
Bring it to a boil. Drain salted water of rice and add rice to boiled water. Let it cook for 10 minutes . Then drain the semi cooked rice in a colander and pour some tap water over the rice. Mix rice with the sauce.
Cut a large potato into thin slices. Pour 4-6 tbsp oil in the pot, and cover bottom of pot with a slices of potatoes ( or if you do not like potatoes, cover bottom of pot with a layer of tortilla bread). Place rice with prepared sauce in several alternating layers. Sprinkle 3tbsp vegetable oil all over.
Simmer the rice for 20-30 minutes. Serve it with pickled vegetables/ salads or plain yogurt.