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Lubieh Bil Zait - Runner Beans with Garlic and Tomatoes

Lebanese cuisineThis recipe has been reproduced with the kind permission of Samara Cuisine.

Based in Ham, South West London Samara Cuisine not only caters for all kinds of occasions, such as dinner parties, birthday parties, weddings, hen nights, Christmas parties, office parties, corporate functions and conferences but also teaches hands on cookery classes in Lebanese cuisine.

The classes are held in our Mediterranean garden, and in Winter the classes take place in our dining room over looking the Mediterranean garden, in front of a cosy fire.

Each class features three different Lebanese recipes, tips on how to preserve food, best places to shop, how to choose the ingredients, costs and the amount you need to prepare for different occasions. You can also join us, a day before on a shopping trip to the local market or the Arabic shops to introduce you to many new ingredients, and how to use them.

Each cooking session accommodates four people. Everyone prepares and helps to put together the meal and at the end of each session we all sit down with a bottle of Lebanese wine to sample the food.

All participants will take home a plate of Lebanese Baklava, a bag of Lebanese bread, all the recipes they tried and general cooking tips.

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500g Runner beans
1 Onion
6 tbsp of olive oil
1 Large head of garlic
6 Fresh tomatoes
1 tsp of sun dried tomato paste
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper


  • In a large cooking pan, fry the diced onion in olive oil for a couple of minutes, then add the garlic and fry for a few more minutes.
  • Top and tail the runner beans and cut in half, add to the pan and fry on a very low temperature for at least 20 minutes stiring from time to time.
  • Add fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomato paste, salt, pepper and stir well.
  • Cover the pan and cook for a further 20 minutes making sure to stir the lubieh from time to time.
  • Serve hot or cold with pita bread.

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