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Lubia Polo (Green Bean Rice) Recipe
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Lubia Polo (Green Bean Rice)

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"Lubia Polo is a one pot Persian dish with rice, ground beef, green beans, tomato sauce and curry."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. In a large non-stick pot over high heat, brown the ground beef until no pink shows. Stir in onion and jalapeno, and cook until tender. Season with curry powder. Stir in chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, and stir in green beans. Cook for 15 minutes, or until beans are tender.
  2. Stir in rice, and cover pot. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until much of the liquid is absorbed. (Be careful not to overcook rice at this point or the dish will be mushy; the rice should be firm.) Remove entire contents to another container, and return pot to the stove.
  3. Heat oil in the bottom of pot over medium heat (make sure it is a non-stick pot.) Dump rice mixture back into pot. Wrap a clean dish towel around the inside of the pot's lid (the ends of the dish towel will be folded over the edges on top of the lid,) and put the lid on the pot. Cook for 35 minutes, without uncovering or stirring. Remove lid and place a tray on top of the pot, then carefully flip it over. The rice will hold the shape of pot with a nice crust on top called 'tah digh.'
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 22, 2008

My Mother-in-law taught me how to Loobia Polow they way her Iranian mother-in-law taught her in Iran! She does not put jalapeno or curry powder in it. She does add to it turmeric and a little cinnamon to the meat while it is cooking. My 4-year-old loves this so much that I can get him to clean up his room in five minutes flat if I bribe him with “Stumboli Kaplow” (how he says the name of this dish!)!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2004

Although I enjoyed this dish, I still prefer the traditional way that my mother makes it and that is with turmeric and not curry. Try it and see what you prefer!

Jun 04, 2003

A way to avoid the fried rice on the bottom is to put thin slices of potato on the bottom. The potatoes come out crispy and are a nice extra with this dish. My mother always did this and we all fought over the potatoes.

Apr 22, 2015

Sorry but as a persian this seems more like a arab, indian with a hint of mexican recipe than anything else. ground beef=wrong curry=wrong jalapeno=wrong and did i hear you say BROTH? although it may be good for the untrained persian the real deal recipe is so comforting that you can eat it over and over and over! Stew meat, beef - Fry meat in 2 tbl of oil until browned(season with salt and pepper (turmeric as well). (Drain excess oil) Return meat to pan, add one can of tomato sauce. You can caramelize 1 onion in another pan and add to meat. Simmer on medium/low until tender. Add water if needed as it simmers to keep it from drying up. Last 5 minutes, add 2 cans of green beans. (drained) Rice - Boil rice, up to 5 minutes. (do not cook rice all the way. Semi crunchy still) Remove and rinse. Add 4 tbl oil and 2 tbl of butter in a pot large enough for rice and meat until butter melts..(med/high) Add 1/3 of rice. 1/3 of sauce, ever so lightly combine, rolling it. Repeat 2 more times. Cook on med/high for 7-10min uncovered. Cover with lid (wrap lid with kitchen towel or few sheets of paper towels. Cook for additional 40 min. ( this will crisp the bottom of the rice. (Ta dihg) Get a large enough plate, place on top of pan and flip it. This will look like an upside cake. Serve with plain yogurt mixed with chopped cucumbers and some garlic and or dill weed. Serve it up!

Dec 27, 2003

i fry beans with a little cooking oil and make a dry casserol with meat and fresh fried tomatoes,then cook the rice in a large pot of boiling water,not completely tender,then drain the rice and pour rice into a large skillet with a small amount of cooking oil at the bottom.pour rice and the casserole layer by layer.let it steam with the lid wrapped in a towel on top of skillet.steam it on a low heat for about 40 minutes.nice food!!

Aug 20, 2009

This is a great recipe for an easy and delicious Persian meal. My only suggestions for making this more authentic and closer to the original recipe: Skip the jalapeno peppers, replace the curry with turmeric, and add saffron too.

Jun 19, 2008

Excellent winter warmer and family staple meal! I'm a lazy cook: here's how I tweaked it to be even easier! Instead of jalapenos I used 1/2 fresh green beans and 1/2 chopped bell pepper (red is yummy). Lazy cook alert! Instead of using a pot on the stove, whack the mixture (after rice has barely absorbed the liquid) into your electric RICE COOKER, hit the start button and leave it alone! If your cooker is non-stick like mine, the 'rice cake' will pop out in perfect shape when you're ready for dinner! An excellent one-pot meal!

Dec 16, 2002

I love rice and this was a delicious treat! I left out teh meat but used everthing else. The curry and jalapenos are what gives this dish a real kick in the butt! Thanks


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  • Calories
  • 676 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 84.8 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 28.5 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 22.1 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 272 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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