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Basic Ingredients for Loobia Bil Zeit
Onions: Versatile vegetable that add flavor and texture to many dishes. Cubing them into small pieces allows them to cook more quickly and evenly in the dish.
Garlic: A pungent and flavorful herb that is commonly used in many cuisines. Finely chopping it releases its flavor and aroma more effectively.
Green beans: Are a nutritious and low-calorie vegetable that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Using frozen green beans makes this recipe more convenient and saves time on prep.
Tomatoes: Are a staple in many dishes and add a sweet and tangy flavor to the dish. Cubing them allows them to cook more quickly and release their juices to create a sauce for the dish.
Coriander powder: A spice made from ground coriander seeds. It has a slightly sweet and citrusy flavor and is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Lemon juice: This adds a bright and acidic flavor to the dish. It also helps to balance the sweetness of the tomatoes and enhance the flavor of the coriander.
Fresh coriander: Also known as cilantro, is an herb that is commonly used in many cuisines. It has a fresh and citrusy flavor and is often used as a garnish.
Olive oil: A healthy and flavorful oil that is commonly used in cooking. It adds richness and depth of flavor to the dish.
Sea salt: A natural salt that is rich in minerals. It enhances the flavor of the dish and helps to bring out the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
Freshly ground black pepper: This adds a spicy and pungent flavor to the dish. It also helps to balance the sweetness of the tomatoes and enhance the flavor of the other ingredients.
- Fresh or canned green beans if you don’t have frozen ones. You can also use other vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, or okra in place of green beans.
- Shallots or leeks in place of onions.
- Canned tomatoes or tomato sauce if you don’t have fresh tomatoes. You can also use sun-dried tomatoes for a more concentrated flavor.
- Cumin or paprika in place of coriander powder for a different flavor.
- Vinegar or lime juice in place of lemon juice for acidity.
- Parsley or basil instead of fresh coriander if you don’t have it.
- Vegetable oil in place of olive oil if you don’t have it.
SERVING TIPS for Loobia Bil Zeit
- Loobia bil Zeit can be served as a main dish or as a side dish with rice or bread.
- To make it a complete meal, you can add protein such as chickpeas or lentils to the dish.
- Sprinkle some fresh coriander or parsley on top of the dish before serving for a pop of color and flavor.
- Serve with a side salad made of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.
- You can also serve with some traditional Lebanese mezze dishes like hummus, baba ganoush, or tabbouleh to make a complete Middle Eastern meal.
- Add a dollop of plain yogurt or labneh on top of the dish for a creamy contrast to the tangy tomatoes.
- Drizzle some extra olive oil on top of the dish before serving for added richness and flavor.
- Loobia bil Zeit can be served hot or at room temperature, so it’s a great make-ahead dish for potlucks or gatherings.
- Loobia Bil Zeit can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- To reheat, transfer the dish to a microwave-safe dish or a saucepan and heat on low heat until warmed through. You can add a little water or vegetable broth to the dish if it’s too dry.
- Loobia Bil Zeit can also be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Allow the dish to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag. Make sure to label the container with the name of the dish and the date it was frozen.
- To thaw, transfer the dish from the freezer to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight. Reheat the dish as instructed above.
- Keep in mind that the texture of the green beans may change after freezing and thawing, so the dish may not be as firm as when it was freshly made.
- If you’re planning to freeze the dish, it’s best to omit the fresh coriander or parsley as they may wilt and lose their flavor after thawing. You can add fresh herbs when you reheat the dish.
- It’s important to use fresh ingredients and proper storage techniques to ensure the safety and quality of the dish.
Loobia Bil Zeit
- 1-2 onions, cubed
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 450 g frozen green beans
- 3 large tomatoes cubed
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- olive oil
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a large skillet or saucepan, on high heat, sauté the onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté until the mixture is fragrant.
- Add the beans and cook on low heat until the beans have slightly softened. Add the tomatoes and coriander powder; cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes until the potatoes have softened and the liquid has reduced. Mix in lemon juice and fresh coriander and finally season with salt and pepper.
- Serve on a platter and top with a drizzle of olive oil.