loubyeh bi zeit – vegan flat green beans

loubyeh bzeitloubyeh bi zeit (loubyeh = green beans, bi zeit = vegan) is a typical lebanese dish. Presented at room temperature as mezze or warm as a main dish accompanied by lebanese bread. It’s one of the wholesome dishes without the aid of the meat. Beans are a healthy option as they are very low in calories, high in fiber and great antioxidants. Usually this dish is prepared with fresh flat green beans.

loubyeh khadraThis rich and deep flavored dish is done with few ingredients. Beside the green beans the rest is considered from the essentials of the levantine and specifically lebanese cuisine. You need:

  • 1 kg flat green beans, wash and trimmed from both ends and cut in half if they are too long.
  • 400g peeled and diced tomato
  • 3 medium onion diced roughly
  • 5 garlic cloves crushed (plus one whole garlic bulb)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • salt to taste

how to do

Cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until tender and fragrant then add the diced tomatoes. If you like the deep taste of tomato you can add one tbsp of tomato paste, it will give the savory flavor.

Cook for only one minute before adding the green beans and water. Do not forget to put the garlic bulb if you are garlic lovers, the cloves will end up tasting as if caramelized. For me loubyeh bi zeit served by my mother and grandmother comes always with this beautiful bulb (sometimes more than one). Actually i don’t know if i really like it but i always eat it without thinking! It’s like a tradition. But I am sure i like how it looks in the plate 🙂

loubyeh bi zeit

When it starts to boil bring the heat to low, cover the pot and let it simmer for 20 mns. Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium high. Let the liquid evaporate and then saute the vegetables until the tomatoes form a thick coating around the beans (about 10 minutes).

Serve it at room temperature or warm as you desire. Eat like a lebanese and try it with raw onion and lebanese bread!

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7 responses to “loubyeh bi zeit – vegan flat green beans

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  2. i love the way to simplify your Lebanese cooking. However I notice that there are no spices added to them other than salt and pepper. I was wondering if this how you were though to cook or it is by your own choice? Spices such as: allspice or 7 spice mix. (Baharat). Pictures look great, but, wondering about their flavour. Also, if possible, could you for us Americans post your measurements in “pounds” along with your “grams”.

    Love to hear from you.



    • Recipes vary from a family to another or from a region to another. Cooking lebanese doesn’t have to have allspice in every and each dish. It’s an add on and not a staple ingredient. Thanks for following my blog, don’t hesitate to try this recipe, it’s as tasty as the pics.


  3. I have made this dish before but today I followed your recipe and I have to say that I loved the way you described each step. Made it easier for me to have clear timing instructions. It turned out beautifully. My 16 months old baby finished his plate. Thank you for sharing!


  4. One of my favorite Lebanese dishes 🙂

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