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Authentic Recipe of Lobia Polo. Appetizing Iranian Traditional Rice with Meat and Green Haricot Beans.

Lobia polo is a blend of green haricot beans and aromatic basmati rice. Adding meat and traditional rice spices makes it a rich and delicious dish.

Things to know about Lobia Polo Recipe

Lobia is Persian green haricot beans, these beans are mostly cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces with hands. A mix of green beans and bite-size meat portions gives its beautiful color.

Traditional Persian rice mix also gives it an aromatic and spicy flavor. Lubia Polowis a kind of tahdig, a traditional style of serving rice that is made to have a crusty layer at the bottom.

Most tahdig is served upside-down on a platter, but for Lobia polo, the crusty layer is served separately as a side platter. This delicious and easy dish is served with yogurt or Shirazi salad for lunch or dinner.

Appetizing Iranian Traditional Rice with Meat and Green Haricot Beans. Authentic Recipe of Lobia Polo.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: پلو‎ لوبیا
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering), Steaming
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 6 People
Calories / Serving 852 kcal



  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Lamb Cut into small pieces
  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Beef Cut into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pc Onion Chopped
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder – Curcuma Powder
  • 400 grams French Bean – Green String Bean – Snap Bean – Haricot Vert – Baguio Bean Cut into 1 inch / 2.5 cm
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
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  • 400 grams (14.11 oz) Basmati Rice
  • 7 cups Water
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 pc Tomato Diced
  • 450 grams (15.87 oz) Tomato Sauce



  • In a pan, add vegetable oil.
  • Add onion and fry until golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, mix it well.
  • Add the meats and cook until it changes color.
  • Fry the meats for about 5-10 minutes, and then add beans.
  • Then add spices, turmeric, black pepper and salt, and cinnamon powder.
  • Cook on low heat for 15–20 minutes.


  • In a large pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  • Add rice and salt.
  • Cook until rice is soft at the edges and hard at the center. This will take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain the rice in a colander and run cool water over the rice.


  • In a large pan, coat the base with oil and add water.
  • Then make a layer of meat and bean mixture at the base.
  • Add a layer of rice over it. Then repeat.
  • Try to make a pyramid shape.
  • At the top, sprinkle some water.
  • Put the pan over medium heat, once steam rise from the rice, lower the heat.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and cook for 40minutes to 1 hour.


  • The tahdig or crusty part of the rice is separated and served on a different platter.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 852kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 35gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1645mgPotassium: 858mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 787IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Lobia Polo Recipe, Lubia Polow Recipe, Traditional Iranian Rice with Meet and Green Haricot Beans, پلو‎ لوبیا
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Cooking tip for making Lobia Polo

  • You can add saffron for more aroma.
  • When steaming the rice, poke holes up to the base. This will fasten the evaporation process. Different types of basmati rice take different times to cook. It’s better to keep checking firmness while boiling.
  • Add sliced potatoes or bread at the base to get a more elaborate tahdig.
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What to serve with Lobia Polo?

Serve with a thinly chopped salad called Sherazi salad, yogurt, torshi, pickles, or meatballs.

Variations of Lobia Polo

Chicken or turkey can be added instead of red meat.

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