12 Persian Recipes - Loobia Polo (Polow) Recipe: with rice, meat, green beans, and tomato paste
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Loobia Polo (Polow) Recipe
with rice, meat, green beans, and tomato paste
Makes 4 Servings

  • basmati or long-grain rice, 500 grams (1.1 lbs)
  • lamb or beef, 400 grams
  • green beans, 400 grams
  • medium onions, 3
  • tomato paste, 1-2 spoonfuls
  • cooking oil, 100 grams
  • salt
  • black pepper


Peel and slice onions and fry in oil until slightly golden. Cut meat into small pieces and add to onions. Fry over medium heat until colour changes.

Wash green beans and cut into 2-3 cm pieces. Add to meat with 1-2 glasses of hot water and cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat, adding more hot water if necessary. Add tomato paste, salt and black pepper and cook for another 15 minutes on medium heat.

Prepare rice as described in the recipe for polow but after rice is half-cooked and rinsed, add the meat-mix and mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes.