Beans with Spinach (Lubya b' Selk)

"This Libyan dish has been posted in response to a Round the World game. Looks tasty and a candidate for the crockpot as well. This could readily be made vegetarian by substituting dried bean curd or tempeh for the meat."
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins
1 pot




  • Wash spinach thoroughly, drain.
  • Saute in hot oil.
  • Let cool, grind it in the processor.
  • Add the following ingredients: Cilantro, washed, drained and chopped.
  • Green onions, cleaned and chopped.
  • Garlic, peeled.
  • Turmeric.
  • Black pepper.
  • Salt.
  • Meat.
  • Beans, washed and drained.
  • Water to cover all ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and let simmer about two hours depending on the size of the beans.

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  1. canarygirl
    Hearty and delicious, as well as packed with vitamins! :) This was easy to make, and the flavor is fabulous...the cilantro really makes the dish. I accidentally added too much salt, so I remedied by serving over unsalted steamed rice, which was really good, actually! :) I used canned beans instead of raw (400g/16oz), but still let it cook the full two hours. I really liked this one, Donna! Thanks! :)


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