Loobia Polo – Green Beens Rice

Loobia Polo in its traditional format, is a combination of rice, simmering with alternate layers of a mixture of green beans, lamb (cut into small pieces), fried onions and seasonings. But in this recipe I added some carrot and green peas since I am a fan of vegetables !!!

Like what my great aunt used to say about a good Iranian Polo or Chelo “You should be able to count cooked grains down”.


  • Long grain rice 4 cups
  • lamb or beef, cut into small pieces, 1lb or 450 grams
  • Green peas (cut into 1-2 cm pieces ), 1lb or 450 grams
  • Medium onions (sliced), 2 or 3
  • Tomato paste 2tbs, (or crushed tomatoes 4tbs)
  • Vegetable oil 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • cinnamon, 2tsp
  • saffron, 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Butter or ghee, 1/4 cup
  • Salt and Pepper as desired

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