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Middle Eastern Tomato and Green Beans


This is a wonderful, delicious dish prepared by Middle Eastern cooks. I learned how to make it from several different Lebanese friends. It is made in different ways but I tried to give the most authentic recipe that I know. It’s very delicious and fairly easy.


1 pound fresh green beans (fresh is best)

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic

12 roma tomatoes or fewer depending on type and size of tomato

olive oil

salt and pepper


Trim, wash and cut fresh green beans. Boil them for ten minutes and drain.

In a large pan put chopped onions and chopped garlic. Put enough olive oil to saute. Chop tomatoes into large chunks and add to onion mixture. Add salt and pepper. Cover pan and let cook for approximately 30 minutes. Stir frequently until this mixture turns into a sauce. Add green beans and stir well. At this time I taste and add salt and pepper according to my flavor preference. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes. Again this can be changed depending on your taste. You might not want the green beans to cook as long or possibly longer. I like them to be soft and really in with the sauce. The flavor is better the next day!

Traditionally eaten with Arabic bread.

Check out my youtube video at lynz real cooking

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sounds great! Is it possible to use canned tomatoes?

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    July 30, 2015
    • I have to try and make this again!

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      July 30, 2015
      • Did you make it before? if so how did it go?


        July 30, 2015
        • I made this before and it didn’t come out saucy. I think maybe I used too much onion? Plus, it had a slight bitter taste. I thought maybe add different spices? I couldn’t get it right.


          July 30, 2015
          • Just salt pepper tons of tomatoes


            July 30, 2015
          • I have a pan full of tomatoes and use as many as you like. I usually just go by what looks good since i have made it tons of times so i tried to measure but hard haha, if the green beans are in season fresh if not maybe frozen? I bet that was the bitter flavor? Hope it works out


            July 30, 2015
    • Oh yes canned tomatoes are fine


      July 30, 2015
    • sorry I thought it was canned green beans! sure canned tomatoes are fine. Sorry was reading on my phone so didn’t see tomatoes!

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      July 30, 2015

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