How to Make Persian Lubia Polo (String Bean Rice)

This is the less formal method of cooking mixed Persian rice, so the rice is more mushy than the more formal separated grains. Substitutes: Beef for small chunks of chicken breast. Serves 4-5 people.

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How to Make Persian Lubia Polo (String Bean Rice) Recipe
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1
Chop up 1 large (or 2 small) onion.

Chop up 1 large (or 2 small) onion.

2
Chop up your baby string beans and rinse them twice.

Chop up your baby string beans and rinse them twice.

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Wash your rice: pour in a bunch of water, move the rice around with your hand(s), then pour the water out. Repeat a few times. Then pour about 8 cups of water in it and bring it to boil.

Wash your rice: pour in a bunch of water, move the rice around with your hand(s), then pour the water out. Repeat a few times. Then pour about 8 cups of water in it and bring it to boil.

4
Turn on your rice cooker and boil until the water is almost all gone.

Turn on your rice cooker and boil until the water is almost all gone.

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After putting the dollop of oil in (forgot to take a photo, sorry) pour in your onions and keep stirring until the next photo.

After putting the dollop of oil in (forgot to take a photo, sorry) pour in your onions and keep stirring until the next photo.

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Your onions must be golden brown when you put in your turmeric.

Your onions must be golden brown when you put in your turmeric.

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Once your turmeric is all stirred in well, add in the minced beef and stir until the next photo.

Once your turmeric is all stirred in well, add in the minced beef and stir until the next photo.

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Your meat mixture should be this color to do the following step.

Your meat mixture should be this color to do the following step.

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Add the salt. Mix well.

Add the salt. Mix well.

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Once the salt is mixed in well, pour in the string beans and mix well. Stir constantly.

Once the salt is mixed in well, pour in the string beans and mix well. Stir constantly.

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Your rice should be clear and and not gritty if you bite it, to do the following step.

Your rice should be clear and and not gritty if you bite it, to do the following step.

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Pour the rice into a strainer. Set it aside.

Pour the rice into a strainer. Set it aside.

13
Your string beans must be this color (this dark) to do the following step.

Your string beans must be this color (this dark) to do the following step.

14
Pour in the whole can of tomato purée and stir.

Pour in the whole can of tomato purée and stir.

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Fill half the can with hot water and pour it in. Stir then let it simmer for a few minutes.

Fill half the can with hot water and pour it in. Stir then let it simmer for a few minutes.

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Pour just enough oil to cover the bottom of your rice cooker/nonstick pot (on medium heat).

Pour just enough oil to cover the bottom of your rice cooker/nonstick pot (on medium heat).

17
Cut up pita bread into triangular (pizza-looking) slices and apply onto oily surface.

Cut up pita bread into triangular (pizza-looking) slices and apply onto oily surface.

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Pour one layer of rice onto the pita (there should be plenty of rice left over, don't use it all!). Leave it be.

Pour one layer of rice onto the pita (there should be plenty of rice left over, don't use it all!). Leave it be.

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Taste a bit of the sauce to see if there's enough salt. Your meat mixture should look like this to do the following step.

Taste a bit of the sauce to see if there's enough salt. Your meat mixture should look like this to do the following step.

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UNLESS you like the Lubia Polo very mushy and overpowered with meat sauce, pour 2 cups of the meat mixture into a plastic container to keep for other things you like or for latter use in the fridge.

UNLESS you like the Lubia Polo very mushy and overpowered with meat sauce, pour 2 cups of the meat mixture into a plastic container to keep for other things you like or for latter use in the fridge.

21
Pour in the rest of the rice and carefully mix it all. Make sure to not spill!

Pour in the rest of the rice and carefully mix it all. Make sure to not spill!

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Pour the rice mixture on top of the stuff in the cooker. Try to shape it into a mountain. Poke a few holes into it with the back of your spoon so steam can penetrate the whole dish.

Pour the rice mixture on top of the stuff in the cooker. Try to shape it into a mountain. Poke a few holes into it with the back of your spoon so steam can penetrate the whole dish.

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Put on the lid and wait until steam gathers.

Put on the lid and wait until steam gathers.

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Once steam gathers, place a folded towel on top of the rice and put the lid on top. CAUTION: if you are using a pot on the stove top, take care that the towel does not hang down, or it'll catch fire.

Once steam gathers, place a folded towel on top of the rice and put the lid on top. CAUTION: if you are using a pot on the stove top, take care that the towel does not hang down, or it'll catch fire.

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After about 40-45 minutes, take off the lids. With a much larger tray, flip over the rice and pull the pot off.

After about 40-45 minutes, take off the lids. With a much larger tray, flip over the rice and pull the pot off.

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Separate the tahdig (flat bread). Serve & enjoy thoroughly 👌

Separate the tahdig (flat bread). Serve & enjoy thoroughly 👌

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