Tomatoe Beef Rice

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tomato beef rice

estamboli polo

Seriously this is such an easy dish to prepare and sure to suite most people's taste.

Tasty and spice beef with tomatoes green beans and a sprinkle of raisins bring together the tangy tomatoes and spicy beef. Some people add potatoes, as well.

Tomatoes are a rich source of several nutrients. They are well known for their high vitamin C content, but also contain significant amount of vitamin A, B vitamins including niacin and riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium. Tomatoes are also a good source of chromium, folate and fiber.

Polo mean 'steamed rice' in the Persian language or Farsi (Arabic pronunciation of Parsi).


  1. Ground-beef - 1 lbs (lean)
  2. Green beens - 2 cup (bite sized portions)
  3. Onions - 2 small
  4. Tomatoes - 5 small
  5. Raisins - 1 cup
  6. Salt - 1 teaspoon
  7. Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Turmeric - 1 teaspoon
  9. Lemon juice - 3 tablespoons
  10. Butter - 4 tablespoons


Boil Rice:

  1. Rinse rice in warm water several times to remove excess starch.
  2. Fill large pot with water (two to three times the amount of rice), add salt, add 1 teaspoon of oil, add rice, and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir occasionally to prevent kernels from sticking together. Cook until rice is no longer crunchy but still firm.
  4. Drain rice in a colander, then rinse with cold water and set aside

Boil Beans and Sauté Beef:

  1. Boil green beans for 10 minutes until tender but still firm, drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan and sauté onion and garlic.
  3. Add ground-beef and cook for 15 minutes until brown.
  4. Add tomatoes, turmeric, lemon juice and raisins to mixture, cover pan with a lid, let simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Thoroughly mix together the rice, green beans and meat in a bowl.

Steam Rice and Beef:

  1. Melt remaining butter in a large pot, sprinkle rice mixture into pot using a large spoon. Form a mound shape by avoiding the sides of the pot.
  2. Use the handle of the spoon to perforate the mound all the way to the bottom of the pot, in several places.
  3. Before covering the pot, wrap a clean dry towel around the lid which will absorb excess moisture to prevent the rice from becoming soggy.
  4. Cook rice for on low heat for 25 minutes before serving.


  1. Serve with pickled vegetables on the side.
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