Recipe by Trina
"Lubia Polo is a one pot Persian dish with rice, ground beef, green beans, tomato sauce and curry."
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jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
uncooked basmati rice, rinsed and drained
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!)!!
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!
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.
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)
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!
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!!
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.
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!
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
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lubia Polo (Green Bean Rice)
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 676
** Calories from Fat: 257
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