Fasolia is a variety of red beans or pinto beans that you can commonly find in supermarkets. For this recipe pick the beans with tan/lighter color if possible, or as a second best pick red beans. And if you have control over it, pick beans that are new, and haven’t been stocked for a very long time. On to the recipe…

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Total time: 1 hour 50 mins

Vegetarian Fasolia Beans Stew Recipe also known as Fasolia bi Zeit is a delicious and healthy traditional Lebanese stew.
Recipe type: Middle Eastern Entree
Serves: 6


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2 cups of pinto beans (fasolia)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 head of garlic, finely minced
1 medium head of potato, cut into tiny cubes
½ cup of olive oil
1-2 teaspoons of tomato paste
½ teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
8 cups of water

Instructions Fasolia bi Zait

Soak the beans overnight in fresh water so that they soften and cook faster.
In a deep cooking pot, sautee the garlic, onions, potatoes and beans in the olive oil for 5-10 minutes.
Add 8 cups of warm water to the pot along with the salt and stir well
Cover the pot and let gently boil/simmer on low heat for 1 hour
Add 2 teaspoons of tomato paste to the pot, stirrer well, boil for another 15 minutes and serve hot with a side of pita bread.


Note that if you add cold water instead of warm water to the pot, the beans may wrinkle.

Source: mamaslebanesekitchen.com