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North African Bean Dish: Loubia

North African Bean Dish: Loubia

A common Middle Eastern meal called loubia, also known as "Loubia b'zeit," is made of green beans, also known as string beans or French beans, and cooked in a tomato-based sauce. Due to its long history as a hub for trade and cultural interaction, the Middle East has a rich culinary tradition that is influenced by many different cultures. With its fresh green beans and tomatoes, Loubia exemplifies the region's talent for transforming basic ingredients into delectable dishes.

Family favourites that have been passed down from one generation to the next frequently include this dish. Its preparation techniques and flavor characteristics have been influenced by the many Middle Eastern communities' unique culinary traditions, which has led to its numerous interpretations in the region.

Preparation Time

45 minutes



2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper 

500g green beans


Parsley (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 medium tomatoes (chopped)

Olive oil


  • Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté until it becomes translucent and partially golden.
  • Add the garlic and allow it to cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and allow them to cook for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to soften and release their juices.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the green beans to the skillet. Mix well to coat the beans with the tomato and spice mixture.
  • Add water and cover, and bring the mixture to a simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Adjust the seasoning once the beans are well cooked.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.