Loobia Polo - Green Bean Mix Rice with Potato Tahdig (Crust)

Updated: Jan 26

Rice and beans are a type of dish made from a combination of staple foods in many cultures around the world. The grain and legume combination provides several important nutrients and calories and both foods are widely available.

The word polo in the Persian language translate to Pilaf in English. Our Polo recipe here is inspired by a very popular and delicious Persian dish named Loobia Polo (Green Bean Rice). Our cooking method explained is based on the traditional way of cooking steamed rice but feel free to prepare rice in any other way that you prefer.

Here are the steps of preparing this dish :

*Par boil rice

*Marinate mushrooms

*Prepare mixing sauce

*Steam rice layered with sauce

(Serve 4)

Ingredients for Rice

- 3 Cups Basmati Rice

- Salt

- 3 tbsp Oil

- 2 Medium potatoes sliced

Direction:

1- Soak rice for at least 1 hr with 4 tbsp salt

2- Bring 1L water to boil in a pot. Drain the salty water from rice away and add the rice to boilng water.

3 -When water comes back to boil again, drain the rice in colander.

4- Use a non stick pot. Add the oil to pot and tilt in around to make sure all the bottom of pot is covered with oil. Then sprinkle some salt and arrange sliced Potatoes to cover the bottom of your pot.

Ingredients for marinated mushrooms

- 2 cups of button mushrooms

- 1/4 tsp grounded saffron

- 2 Spring of rosemary

- 3 tbsp lemon juice

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- Salt and pepper

Direction:

Mix all the marinate ingredients together first then and the mushrooms and gently toss them to make sure all the mushrooms are covered with marinate.

Ingredients for sauce

-

1 Jar of Exotic Bazaar Gheymeh

- 2 cups chopped green beans

- 1 medium onion diced

- 1 cup colourful capsicum chopped

- 2tbsp olive oil

- 1 clove garlic crushed

Direction:

1 - Add the oil to frying pan and heat it on medium-high.

2 - Add onions and green beans and fry them until they are golden a bit

3 - Add Capsicum and fry for 2 minutes

4 - Add a jar of Gheymeh Stew and mix well and cook for about 15 minutes occasionally. Remove from heat

5 - Add crushed garlic

Layered Steamed Rice

1 - In our potato layered pot , we start with pouring few scoop of rice , then couple of spoon of the sauce mix and rice again. We keep layering until All of rice and sauce are used.

2 - Turn the heat on medium high first 5 minutes, add half a cup of boiling water to Rice. wrap a kitchen towel around the lid and cover the pot.

3 - After 5 minutes turn the heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes.

Serving

1 - 10 minutes before you serve the rice , heat a pan and add marinated mushrooms.

Fry them for 5 Minutes until they change colour .

2 - Serve your rice in a large dish and put the fried mushrooms on top.

3 - As a side , pickles, marinated olives, salad and the best part those fried potatoes and bottom of pot (called Tahdig in Persian) taste great with this dish.

Enjoy :D

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