Today I am going to introduce Iranian Green bean rice with minced beef لوبیا پلو با گوشت چرخ کرده Green bean is called Loobia /lubia in Farsi language. Green bean rice or lubia polo is a popular and comfy rice dish and is one of my favourites too. It is a rice dish, which is layered with rice and mixture of a sauce made of green beans with beef or lamb meat aromatic spices and tomatoes. You may make this meal with either minced or diced meat.
If you are a vegetarian, simply skip the meat from the ingredients and add soya chunks, still is a veryyyyy delicious vegetarian version of green bean rice or lubia polo.
- 3 cups rice, washed and soaked in salted water
- 400g minced beef or lamb
- 400g fresh green beans, washed and diced
- 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 3tbsp tomato paste
- 2tbsp saffron water (optional)
- 1tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1tsp dried rose petals powder
- 1tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ cup hot water
- Salt to taste
- Olive oil
How to make it?????
In a pan, heat the oil and add chopped onion. Constantly stirring until soft. Then add minced beef, and dried spices: salt- pepper, cinnamon, dried rose petals powder, turmeric and tomato puree.
Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, until all ingredients blended and meat is fried. Once meat mixture is done, turn off the heat and set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan and add chopped green beans. Fry for 10 minutes, then add meat mixture to the green beans and mix well together. Add ½ cup hot water to the mixture. cover the pan and let it cook over low heat until the water is evaporated.
Now we are going to prepare the rice: In a pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Drain the salted water of the rice and pour the rice into the boiling water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Then use a colander and drain the semi cooked rice.
Add some oil to the pot. Cover bottom of the pot with slices of potatoes as you see in the photo.
Add a layer of rice and top it with mixture of meat and green beans sauce. Repeat the process until you finish all ingredients. Sprinkle saffron water all over the rice.
Cover the pot with a lid and allow to cook the rice over the medium to low heat for 30 minutes. Once rice is cooked, serve it in a plate, and gently remove crispy potatoes from bottom of the pot and along with yogurt-cucumber mixture or salad Shirazi serve it. Noshe jan