Secret of Delicious Loobia Polo Recipe | Green Bean Pilaf

A traditional Iranian pilaf made with green beans, rice and meat

Loobia polo is the best dish that my wife Mehsa makes. The magical combination of beans, greens, minced meat, and tomato paste is amazing.

A bunch of foods really gives a strange and good feeling, which is better than a thousand alcoholic drinks. Beans and pilaf are the most wonderful dishes that I like.

Loobia polo is known as Iranian mixed polo. lubia polo and adas polo are two of the most delicious and excellent Iranian pilafs.

Loobia polow is prepared from a combination of Persian rice with green beans and minced meat or chopped meat. The popular Iranian pilaf is made with tomato paste and various spices such as cinnamon powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, thyme powder, black pepper, and garlic powder.

loobia polo

The taste of loobia polo with lamb is popular because of the spices that are used in it. If we use less and inappropriate spices, its taste will not be very pleasant. lubia polo Tahdig, which is prepared from a combination of minced meat, beans, fried rice, and lavash bread, is very delicious.

My experience table:

My level of interest is from 1 to 10 10
The ease of cooking Medium
Served for Dinner, Launch
Suggest for Daily meal, party meal
What is served with? Salad shirazi, sabzi khordan, mast o musir

For: 4 people

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cook for: 45 minutes

Loobia polo ingredients:

Rice                                                                                    3 cups
Salt and black pepper                                                      optional
Sheep thigh (chopped into tiny pieces)            14 ounces
Cinnamon stick                                                                                                 One small piece 
Onion (chopped)                                                              One piece
Medium onion                                                                One piece
Turmeric powder                                                             2 tbsp
Tomato paste                                                                    2tbs
Fresh green beans (chopped)                                       9 ounces
Cinnamon powder                                                         1 tbsp
Saffron (brewed)                                                            2 tbsp
liquid oil (for frying)                                                       optional
Enough pieces of Lavash (Persian flat bread) to cover the bottom of the pot (or an 8-inch flour tortilla cut into six wedges)  

How To Make Loobia Polo? (Loobia polo recipe)

How To Make Loobia Polo

Instruction :

Instruction for loobia polo

1. Soak the rice in water and salt for 1 to 3 hours, then empty the water on it while cooking.

2. Pour the liquid oil into a saucepan and put it on medium heat. When the oil becomes hot, pour the chopped onions and fry it until well golden brown.

ingredient loobia polo

3. Now pour salt, black pepper, Turmeric powder, and Cinnamon powder into a saucepan and immediately pour the chopped sheep tight. Saute them until they are fried well.

instruction for loobia polo

4. You should add fresh and chopped green beans now and saute with other ingredients in a saucepan.

siute green beans


5. At this time, add tomato paste and let it fry in oil with other ingredients until it gives the color and the oil becomes somehow red. Now, put it aside.

tomato for loobia polo


6. Pour water into a pot and put it on high heat. When it boils, pour the rice in it for 7 to 14 minutes until it is ready, then pour it in a colander and put aside.

7. Pick up a pan and pour oil in it. When it becomes hot, cover the bottom of the pot with pieces of Lavash bread.

8. Now pick up the pot from the heat and start pouring layer by layer rice and the prepared ingredients before, until the last layer that you should covered with rice.

9. Put the lid on the pot and increase the heat until the rice steam rises. Now you should pour the brewed saffron on the rice, put the cinnamon stick on it, and put the lid on the pot again. Then, decrease the heat to low and let it cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

10. After cooking, pick up the cinnamon stick from the top of the rice, pour the rice into the Intended dish, decorate it with saffron rice and Tahdig, and serve. Enjoy the taste of it. loobia polo is served with torshi hafte bijar and sir torshi.

loobia polow

Green beans are young, unripe fruits of various cultivars of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), although immature or young pods of the runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus), yardlong bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis), and hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) are used in a similar way.Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans (French: haricot vert), string beans (although most modern varieties are “stringless”)and snap beans or simply “snaps.In the Philippines, they are also known as “Baguio beans” or “habichuelas” to distinguish them from yardlong beans.

They are distinguished from the many other varieties of beans in that green beans are harvested and consumed with their enclosing pods before the bean seeds inside have fully matured. An analogous practice is the harvest and consumption of unripened pea pods, as is done with snow peas or sugar snap peas.


Notes :

Notes for loobia polo


  • The pieces of meat should be small enough to cook well.
  • Use the right meat to make this food: Normally, a piece of meat is used to make lubia polo. To chop the meat, you need to cut it into small pieces. Some people also use minced meat to prepare this food. Lubia polo meat should not be too fatty or too dry.
  • Finely chop the onion: You don’t need to grate the onion or cut it into slices. The secret to making this persian food delicious is to cut the onions finely.
  • The secret of the delicious loobia polow is fresh green beans: To make a delicious and wonderful lubia polo, you must use fresh beans. The fresher and better the beans used to prepare this dish, the tastier your food will be.
  • Boil the beans before freezing: If you plan to put the green beans in the freezer to make lubia polo later, be sure to chop them. Then pour in boiling water. After one or two boils, drain them. Let the beans cool. Then, put them in the freezer.
  • The secret to the deliciousness of bean rice is its spice: The most important technique of This pilaf that you should pay attention to in order to make this food delicious is the seasonings and spices that are added to it. You can use spices such as cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, black pepper, turmeric, cardamom powder, ginger, and some chopped coriander seeds in the recipe for loobia polo with minced meat. Adding a little limoo amani powder and rose flower powder will also make your food taste better. Adding rose water to this food also makes its aroma and taste as delicious and hearty as the food offering.

  • Use the right amount of tomato paste in the preparation of this food: Many people use a lot of tomato paste to prepare this food. This makes the taste of the tomato paste dominate the food more than any other taste. It is better to use less tomato paste and mix it with saffron to make this delicious food. This will make your lubia polo taste and smell better.

  • Using grated tomato is the secret of delicious loobia polo: In the recipe of skilled cooks,this pilaf is always used along with some grated tomato paste. This makes the food taste better. On the other hand, adding tomatoes increases the vitamins of the food and makes it more delicious.
  • The secret of delicious lubia polow is frying meat and onion together: It is not necessary to fry the onions until golden and then add the meat. Chop the onion. Fry a little in oil until they are just light. Then, add the meat and fry it and onion together.
  • Frying the tomato paste is the most important step : Always remember that if you want the tomato paste to be colorful and delicious in your food, you should fry it in oil. You can add a little more onion and meat oil and fry the tomato paste in the same oil. Or, if you would like your food to be prepared with less oil, fry the tomato paste in oil in another pan.

  • To make a professional loobia polo, don’t forget tahdig: Tahdig of the lubia polo is one of the most delicious parts of this dish. You can use both lavash bread and sliced potatoes to make tahdig. For this, pour a little oil into the bottom of the pot. Let it heat up a bit. Then, put the bread or potatoes on the bottom of the pot and add the rice to the pot.
  • The secret of the delicious loobia polo is the amount of salt: This polow is one of those foods that will not taste good if you make it without salt. Adding the right spices along with salt will make your food taste extra hearty. Try to prepare this food with the right amount of salt.

  • Use cinnamon sticks instead of cinnamon powder to make this food more colorful: Cinnamon flavor is extremely important in this food. But just a little extra cinnamon can darken the color of your food. To avoid this problem, you can put a few cinnamon sticks next to the rice to make it fragrant.
  • The secret to delicious loobia polo without meat is to add chicken or soybeans:
    If you would like to prepare this food without meat, it is better to substitute it with some chicken. For this, you have to cut the chickens into pieces and fry them together with onions. If you like, you can prepare this dish with soy and sweet potatoes.
  • You can use smoked rice to make this food delicious: Using some smoked rice in this polow recipe can double the flavor of your food. The smell of smoked rice and the combination of spices used in this food gives it a pleasant aroma.
  • Adding some butter or animal oil is the most important trick of loobia polo: You can pour some butter or animal oil on the rice almost at the last stages of steaming this polo. This will make your food taste amazing.

  • Add some garlic to make it delicious: The combination of the aroma of garlic with the spices used in this food gives it an extremely pleasant aroma. If you want the taste of your lubia polo to surprise everyone, it is better to add some grated garlic to its ingredients.
  • Adding some fried onion to this food gives it a unique taste: If you add a little crispy and golden fried onion to it after combining the rice with the loobia polo ingredients, both the appearance of your food will be more beautiful, and the aroma and flavor of the fried onion will make the food amazingly delicious.

Final tip:

If you pay attention to the tips and tricks of how to prepare any food, you will definitely cook more delicious food.

The combination of spices, garlic, and fried onions in this polo is so delicious that you enjoy remembering its taste. It’s better to start working today and cook Persian green beans pilaf, this time in a more professional way!

FAQ for Loobia polo:

1. what should we serve and eat with this food?

This delicious food is served with mast o khiar, mast musir, and salad shirazi.

2. What should we use for lubia polo tahdig?

For lubia polo tahdig we can use bread and potato.

3. How long does it take to cook loobia polow?

We need 30 to 45 minutes to cook this food.

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I am Chef Haghighi with ten years of cooking experience and setting up many restaurants and fast food in Iran and Turkey. I am interested in writing recipes on my website. I have the TCA international culinary qualification.I have the experience of successfully launching more than 20 restaurants and fast food in USA and Turkey. I have opened all kinds of traditional restaurants and fast food in Iranian and Turkish style. You can contact me for advice on equipping restaurants and fast food In the shortest possible time and for free, I will provide you with advice on buying fast food equipment and setting up a fast food restaurant.

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  1. Hello dear mohsen, I made an Iranian food for the first time.I really couldn’t believe that it was so delicious and it tastes great,especially with the recipe I took from your site, but because it was my first time that cooking iranian food,my rice was a little soft. In generally i was completely satisfied with the food and the recipe. Thank you for your detailed and comprehensive recipe

    1. Hello my dear
      We are so happy too because of using you of our recipe and satisfaction of it.
      I have a recommend for you to cooking a delicious rice…Please read one more time our recipe of persian rice and do the step by step stage of cooking that.
      Then i am sure that you will get the best result.

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