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Lubia Polo
from Auntie Venus

This is a delicious Persian recipe for flavored rice cooked with green beans.

Servings: 6

  • 6 c rice
  • 1 lb meat (beef or pork, diced into small cubes - about 1/4")
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 16 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 lg onions, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • pinch of saffron
  • vegetable oil

Soak rice for several hours (half a day). Sautee onions in oil until golden brown, then add meat. Stir until meat is browned. Add turmeric, pepper and salt. Mix well. Add 2 cups of water and let simmer. Slice green beans into 1/2" sections and add to meat. Add tomato sauce and cook until liquid reduces into a thick sauce.

Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add rice and cook over low boil until half done. Drain and rinse in warm water.

Place a small amount of oil in the bottom of a tall, large pot. Line bottom of pot with aluminum foil and put another small bit of oil on top of the foil. Place one 1" layer of rice on top of the foil, then one layer of the meat mixture, continue until both ingredients are used up. Place a small bit of oil on top of everything, cover and cook over low heat for 30-45 minutes.