Tunisian Loubia stew is packed with flavor, so healthy and truly delicious!
Loubia are wonderfully comforting Tunisian stewed white beans. These beans have plenty of delicious flavor. Hearty, healthy and perfect for winter days.
Loubia translates to “beans” and refers as well to legumes associated with white bean stew, including rich tomato sauce and spice mixture. A traditional dish that originates from Tunisia. Loubia is quite popular across the country, it’s cooked quite often, particularly in colder months. One can prepare the Loubia stew recipe with or without meat.
If you choose meat, go for beef, lamb, or chicken. Usually, all you need are a few vegetables in addition to the spices and white beans.
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 small preserved lemon
- 1-2 tsp salt
- ½- ¾ cup oil
- ½ medium onion chopped
- ½ of a 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 8 medium pieces of lamb
- 4 cups of water
- 2 peppers
- 2 Potatoes (optional)
- 3 15-oz cans of white beans
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat, add the onion and garlic and spice mixture, paprika, salt, black pepper, and tomato paste, and saute for a few minutes until all mixed and fragrant. If it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan at all, add a little bit of water and keep sautéing
- Add the meat and saute for several minutes as well to slightly sear the outside
- Add enough water to cover the meat completely; a total of four glasses can be used
- Bring to a boil, cover the pot with the lid, and turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer until the meat is nearly fully cooked (about an hour depending on the size of the pieces of meat)
- Add the whole peppers and the drained beans and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until the beans are all heated through and the meat is tender
- Ladle up a bowl and serve with fresh baguette
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