Loobia polo
The most famous Persian rice

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Loobia polo
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Ingredients
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500g Meat lamb, beef or chicken
500g Green beans
2 Onions
3 tablespoons Tomato paste
1 tablespoon Turmeric
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 1/2 cups rice Rice long grain basmati
2 tablespoons Saffron
Salt & pepper
2 Potatoes optional

Nutritional information

530
Calories
79g
Carbs
14g
Fat
27g
Protein
  • 1h20
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

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Loobia polo (or lubia polo) is one of my favourite persian dish and is very popular in Iran. It’s a perfect combination of rice, green beans and meat (usually lamb or beef). You can make it vegetarian or serve it as a Tahdig to impress your friends !

Loobia polo can be served with the refreshing and delicious Shirazi salad.

Loobia polo is traditionally made with stewed beef, veal or lamb. In fact, you can make it with other meats such as pork or chicken breast for example. This recipe mainly contains green beans, onions, tomato paste, turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, potatoes and rice.

Materials needed for Loobia polo recipe:

When preparing the lubia polo, heat the green beans, onions and spices in olive oil. You can add potatoes cut into small cubes. In fact, you can pour a few teaspoons of lemon juice in it or add Oman’s dehydrated lemon powder to vary the taste. The basis of this Iranian dish is its saffron long grain basmati rice. This saffron preparation brings a special flavor to the recipe. To get the Tahdig side of loobia polo, simply mix the saffron rice with the green beans and meat. Then add thin slices of potatoes placed at the bottom of the pan or cooker. This step is crucial to adapt the lubia polo to the Tahdig version.

This traditional dish from Iran can also be concocted with various aromatic herbs, yogurt and clarified butter to suit your taste. As you have seen, lubia polo is a flavorful Iranian dish. One more reason for you to give it a try by concocting a delicious homemade loobia polo!

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Steps

1
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Saute the meat or make and saute meatballs. Or you can skip this step if you're a veggie !

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Removie both ends of the green beans and chop all of them into 1 inch pieces.
Also chop your onions.

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Put some olive oil in a pan and add the green beans, onions, tomato paste and spices.
If you want, you can also add diced potatoes.

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Let everything cook on medium heat in the pan for about 10 minutes, add tomato paste halfway.

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Add boiling water, mix well, cover your pan and let it simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Rice

Now you need to make your rice. Boil some water and add your rice, prefer using basmati rice.

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Saffron rice

Once your rice is cooked, if you have saffron, boil a little bit of water and add saffron. Mix and wait 5 minutes.
Add the saffron water on your rice.

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Tahdig loobia polo

In a large non-stick pot, add some vegetable oil. Take your saffron rice and your green beans and make layers in the pot starting and ending with rice.
If you want to make fried potatoes Tahdig, just start with thin slices of potatoes. I advice you this way of serving Loobia polo, Tahdig is life !

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Cooking your Loobia polo

Pour a little bit of boiling water on the sides and cover the pot.
Let it cook on high heat for about 5 minutes then lower the heat and let it cook gently for 30 to 40 minutes.

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Enjoy your Loobia polo Tahdig

Serve your Loobia polo with the refreshing Shirazi salad and enjoy !

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