Loubye Bzeit is a classic Lebanese stewed green bean recipe that is ever so popular in Lebanon. Different variations of this vegetarian goodness exist throughout the middle east.
Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 60 minutes.
Ingredients (serves 4 people)
- 2 lb green beans chopped into 5-6cm long pieces
- 1 white onion chopped
- 8 garlic cloves crushed
- 2-3 medium tomatoes roughly chopped
- 1 tin of concentrated tomato paste
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- Salt to taste
Preparation and cooking
Once you’ve chopped the beans and the onion, fry the onions with the cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
- Add the tin of tomato paste and half a cup of boiling water. Mix well, reduce heat and let it simmer for circa 15 minutes.
- Add the beans, crushed garlic, tomatoes and salt to the pot, followed by one cup of boiling water. Mix and cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes.
- Mix gently and simmer for another 20 minutes until beans are super tender.
- Turn the heat off and add the lemon juice then mix.
- Add more salt if required.
- Serve topped with chili flakes for a kick alongside Arabic white rice.