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Lubia Polo Recipe | Delicious Persian Green Bean Rice

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Lubia Polo must be on your weekly food list. It’s really yummy and so easy. Persian green bean rice is simple but tastes magical. I guarantee you will love this nourishing meal that is packed with protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.

Persian green bean rice, or Lubia Polo, has such gorgeously rich, developed flavors that it does not need a long preparation nor many ingredients, as you will see in this recipe in Cookery Magazine.

Lubia Polo

Lubia Polo ingredients

Ground beef1 pound
Green beans1 pound
Olive oil3 tablespoons
Turmeric powder1 teaspoon
Basmati rice3 cups
Ground black pepper (up to you)1 teaspoon
Tomato paste2 tablespoons
Sea saltas needed
Liquid saffron4 teaspoons

Beef in Lubia Polo

Put your ground beef in hot water over medium heat for about 15 minutes until it’s semi cook. This process helps to separate salt from the meat. Quietly eliminate any extra water and transfer it to a frying pan when it comes out.
Next, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil because we’re going to sauté the ground beef over medium-low heat. sauté ground beef until it’s cooked, and then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. This golden spice has anti-inflammatory benefits and gives a vibrant taste and color to our dish.

Once your turmeric powder has been distributed throughout your ground beef, Add 1 teaspoon of liquid saffron and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to your mixture. The amount used is entirely up to you.

Later add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. If you’d like your Lubia Polo to be somewhat spicy, you can add spicy tomato paste instead or 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper to your mixture.
When the mixture has become quite thick, add 3 to 4 of a cup of hot water to make the mixture less viscous. Next, dispense 1 teaspoon of liquid saffron.

Beans in Lubia Polo

Subsequently, add 1 pound of green beans to your mixture. Chop up your green beans, so each piece is about 2 centimeters long. I should also mention that before chopping green beans, wash and remove both ends of the green beans. Cover the pan and let it simmer until the beans are semi-done.

Persian Beans Rice

How to make rice ready in Persian beans rice

Next, add 1 tablespoon of salt to your rice cooker that is filled with six glasses of water. The salt will help to quickly bring the water to a boil which is what we’re aiming for totally fine if you want to use a nonstick pot instead of a rice cooker.

Once the water has been brought to a boil, add 3 cups of basmati rice that has been rinsed and soaked in water for about five hours. Pour the rice into boiling water, bring it back to boil, and let it cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the rice rinse is long, soft on the outside, and firm in the center. It’s essential to tell the lead so that water won’t spill over; as you can see, the rice rinse looks semi-cooked, which means that the rice is ready to be drained by using a colander.

Tahdig is a Persian term that refers to the bottom of the pot this has been long used in Persian cuisine. Once our dishes are thoroughly cooked, the potatoes will become crunchy golden, and crispy.

Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of your rice cooker until it starts to sizzle. Next, add 2 teaspoons of your saffron liquid to the bottom of your rice cooker; this will give the Tahdig a nice vibrant color; for Tahdig, use two medium-sized potatoes. You can also use Persian Lavash bread, flour tortilla matzoh, or any kind of flatbread that’s available. Cover the bottom of your pot with sliced potatoes in a single layer.

Rice for Lubia Polo

Add a quarter of semi-cooked rice and 1/4 of your green bean mixture to build up the layers into a premade shape. This layering method helps the mixture is equally distributed throughout the rice. Let the ingredients steam together over medium-low heat. It takes a bit of time but not much effort at all.

The cooking process is simple. All the magic happens while the food is cooking, and you relax and wait or spend time with your love until your fantastic Lubia Polo is ready!

serving Lubia Polo

When the rice has been thoroughly cooked and steamed, the Lubia Polo dish is ready to be served. Lubia Polo is sometimes eaten with Shirazi salad or, yogurt and cucumber (Mast o khiar).

Cooking Lubia Polo tips

  • Keep in mind that you can prepare Lubia Polo using ground chicken, turkey, or lamb
  • you can easily use frozen beans and make this recipe even simpler.
  • as a reminder, the cooking time and water used for basmati rice may vary with the age of rice and the quality

I hope you enjoyed learning a new recipe; please share your thoughts in the comment section. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this recipe.

Lubia Polo Recipe | Delicious Persian Green Bean Rice

Recipe by Fatemeh BanialiCourse: Persian Food


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Lubia polo is an Iranian pilaf cooked with rice, green beans, ground or minced red meat, tomato paste, and spices.



      1. John says

        I’ve cooked Lubia Polo before, but this recipe takes it to another level. The step-by-step guide is really helpful, especially for beginners. I’ve noticed that tomato paste is used in this recipe. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead? If yes, how much would be the right amount?

        1. Mia says

          Dear John…
          Thank you for choosing our recipe
          Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato paste, you must be careful to first grate the tomatoes and then put them on the gas flame until they are fried and the excess water evaporates.
          For this, 1 to 2 tomatoes are enough, because according to the recipe, 2 tablespoons are the amount that should be used.

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