Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Fasoolia Kuthra (Green Bean Stew)

Fasoolia Kuthra (Green Bean Stew)

There is nothing better on an early spring day than coming home to a dinner of Fasoolia Kuthra. Consisting mostly of green beans and tomato broth, it is a light, yet warm and comforting stew perfect for an evening when the sun is setting around dinnertime (and not before 5pm) , but there is still a chill in the air.

Given its easy to make nature, it was often on Nana and Mom’s list of options for dinner. I have to admit, it wasn’t my first choice of “timin and marakah” (rice and stew) dishes as a kid. I would have much rather gone with Basalia or Ras Asfour. But it’s funny how your palate changes throughout your life. Now, it is one of my favorites as it is not quite as heavy as some of the others. I just feel better eating it.

This dish is the perfect one to end our “Medley of Marakah.” We hope you’ve enjoyed this series and hope you will love kicking of your spring with Fasoolia Kuthra.

Fasoolya Khuthra (Green bean stew)

Green beans are braised in a tomato based sauce and served over rice. Delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 12oz bag cut frozen green beans
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped small to med sized
  • 1/2 lb ground beef can be substituted for ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp Iraqi baharat or all spice if you don't have baharat on hand
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • in a medium sized saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes
  • add chopped onion and sautee for 1-2 minutes until you see onion starting to get shiny/translucent
  • add ground beef and 1/2 tsp of salt. break up the meat with wooden spoon while browning the meat.
  • once meat is brown mix in tomato paste
  • use tomato paste can to add 4.5 cans of water, bahar, pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt to the pot and stir
  • bring to a boil, then add frozen green beans
  • cover the saucepan and bring to boil on high heat
  • once it boils reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes
  • add additional salt or pepper to taste and serve over rice

Notes

Three Teas Tips:
You may substitute the ground beef for ground turkey if you would prefer it a bit lighter. 
Make this dish vegetarian/vegan, by removing the ground meat and instead adding a can of drained white beans with the green beans for a hearty, protein and fiber packed meal!



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