Khoreshteh Loobia Sabz (Green Bean Stew)

This is specifically the khoresht (stew), and not Loobia Polo (Green Bean Rice)…though very similar. I will be making the loobia polo version someday soon as well.

Khoroshte Loobia Sabz

Khoreshte Loobia Sabz

Green beans- fresh or frozen …I used half a bag of frozen cut green beans
Stew meat – I used approximately .5lbs chopped up into little bits (gheymehee style)
1 small onion – chopped up
2 teaspoons full Tomato paste — you can use more if needed/preferred
Lemon juice
Poodreh limoo amani (dried lime powder) (optional)

In a pot, saute the onions until tender then add the cut up stew meat and stir. Add turmeric, salt, and pepper and stir. If using frozen green beans, or beans not fried previously, you can add them at this time especially if you want them to fry a bit before adding the water. If you have already fried fresh green beans (or frozen) then you can add it after you add the water. Then after 5 minutes you can add a cup or two water, tomato paste, and the Limoo amani (dried lime powder) and/or lemon juice. Cover and allow it to cook on a medium to medium-low heat. Once most of the water has evaporated the stew should be ready, depending on the heat this cant take at least a 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Note: If you are only using lemon juice you will need to add more, but if you use a combination of dried lime powder and lemon juice…use less lemon juice. Also, you can add some saffron to the stew, but with the cost of saffron these days it may be better not to (way too expensive!).

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