Green beans stew – Loubyeh w rez

Loubyeh w rez

Green beans or “loubyeh” are highly consumed in Lebanon and cooked in different recipes either with meat or vegetarian. Spring season announces pulses harvest such as green beans, broad beans, chickpeas and others, which may be consumed raw but also cooked.

Green bean stew can be prepared with or without meat, usually chopped in cubes. We bring you here the vegetarian version of it, served with rice on the side.

Number of servings: 4

Green beans chopped, washed and drained 


1 Kg of fresh green beans, washed and chopped (frozen beans can also be used)

1 onions, diced

4 garlic gloves, diced

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

½ Tsp. all spices

½ Tsp. salt

½ cinnamon stick

Juice of a lemon

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Liter of water

Preparation steps:

  1. In a cooking pot, stir-fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil until wilted
  2. Add the green beans and water
  3. Season with salt and spices including cinnamon and add the tomato paste
  4. Bring to a boil
  5. Add the lemon juice
  6. Simmer for an hour on low fire until the beans are well cooked
  7. Serve hot with rice on the side
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Foul, Hommous and Co.

Msabbaha and fatteh served with vegetables and pickles
Msabbaha and fatteh served with vegetables and pickles

[quote]What’s for breakfast today?[/quote]

A consistent breakfast to kick-off your day, as most nutritionists would say, should consist of a meal balanced with proteins, fat, starch and fiber. And that’s what is provided by a traditional Lebanese breakfast of foul mdammas, balila and fatteh!

Pulses, more specifically fava bean and chickpeas, are at the base of this old-styled breakfast consumed not only in Lebanon but in other neighboring countries like Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt etc.

Syrian fatteh served in a small Syrian restaurant in Qab Elias  - West Bekaa, Lebanon
Syrian fatteh served in a small Syrian restaurant in Qab Elias – West Bekaa, Lebanon

In Lebanon, this popular breakfast which has been served in specialized restaurants only, is gaining popularity and being listed on the menu of many Lebanese cuisine restaurants. Following the migration of Syrian refugees to the country, new restaurants have been established, serving Syrian versions of foul and hommous.

Besides being eaten for breakfast, these dishes are also served as hot mezze or side dishes for lunch.

"Foul" with cumin and lemon slices is a traditional healthy street food
“Foul” with cumin and lemon slices is a traditional healthy street food

Foul mdammas

Foul mdammas or mudammas (foul pronounced “fool”) is prepared with cooked fava beans (broad beans) seasoned with garlic, olive oil, cumin and lemon juice, and served with vegetables such as fresh mint leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and green onions. Chili pepper is added according to preference, and tahini sauce is sometimes added. Foul mdammas is better enjoyed with pita bread.

Historical findings show evidence of the production and use of foul back to Ancient Egypt, and historians suggest that Egypt is more likely the place of origin of this dish.

Fatteh topped with laban (yogurt)


Balila or hot chickpea salad consists of boiled chickpeas combined with olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice and cumin. It is usually served hot with pita bread. Fresh parsley is sprinkled on top before serving.

Fattit hommous

Another vegetarian option for breakfast – or lunch – is Fattit hommous which combines cooked chickpeas, minced garlic, fresh laban or yogurt and baked pita bread. Fried pine nuts and cashew nuts can also be added. A different version would include Tahini sauce instead of yogurt.

Foul mdammas topped with chickpeas
Foul mdammas topped with chickpeas


Msabaha is another plate to be added to this series: it is similar to Hommous b tahini but while the chickpeas are grounded for the first, the pulses remain whole for the msabaha, giving this dish a crunchier texture.

Chickpeas are rich in iron, magnesium and vitamin B6
Chickpeas are rich in iron, magnesium and vitamin B6

Nutritious facts about chickpeas:

Chickpeas are popular little legumes that make a tasty and healthy treat! These peas have long been prized for their high protein and fiber content, as well as their exceptional levels of iron, magnesium and vitamin B6. Most of the fiber found in chickpeas is “insoluble” fiber which is excellent for blood sugar regulation, digestive health and hunger control. Indeed, given their nutritious composition, chickpeas can help you control your weight by making you feel full for a longer period of time.

(1 Tablespoon = 46 calories)