Lebanese Navy Beans With Tomatoes and Onion

"I love this dish. It's become a staple for me. Cheap, easy, and yummy."
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins




  • Drain beans.
  • Combine beans in pot with water, cover, bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, simmer partially covered until tender 1 to 1.5 hours. Skim off foam as it rises to top.
  • Drain pot reserving liquid.
  • In heavy bottom pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions and garlic, saute until golden for about 10 minutes.
  • Add cumin, tomatoes, tomato paste, beans and enough of cooking liquid to cover beans.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes until beans are tender and sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over rice or cous cous. Or, just with bread.

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  1. I've had this recipe in my zaar cookbook for a while, I was waiting to use fresh tomatoes from my garden. Yesterday I finally made it, and was very happy with the result! It was surprisingly flavorful for having so few spices, the cumin was all that was needed. It was very easy as well, it will definitely become a staple for me! I think it was made better by using garden fresh tomatoes too. Thanks for sharing!
  2. An easy, inexpensive, and healthy dish! I used the pressure cooker to cook the bean. I am not patient. I used some fresh tomatoes and a green pepper like the other reviewer. Wrapped with a warmed Middle Eastern flatbread from TJ's. It was great!
  3. This was pretty good. I used fresh tomatoes and a green pepper and I added a bay leaf. I ate it with hot sauce too (not sure it that's Lebanese) but it was pretty yummy. Nice and cheap and easy.
  4. This version of navy beans is a great change. The cumin really gives this dish zing. And we have even made this with canned white beans. Just be sure to drain the liquid before procceeding to step 6. A great way to make white beans and rice when you don't have the ham, bacon etc. to flavor a pot of beans or you just want something different.
  5. 4 1/2 stars. DH liked it. I made this good by adding some brown sugar and left out the diced tomatoes as we dont like them in chunks of cooked food. Would make it again



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