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Fasolia blahmi (Green bean stew) Print
Written by Ghinwa Alameen   
Monday, 01 February 2010 01:36

Green Bean stew

Green beans is slowly cooked with ground beef and tomato. It is served with rice and Syrian salad on the side. An easy and healthy dish for your busy days if you have already-cut green beans.








  • 2 pounds cut (or french-cut) green beans
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bharat (Syrian Spice Mix)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Green Bean stew


  1. Trim and wash the green beans and cut them.
  2. Peel and cut the garlic.
  3. Heat the oil then add the garlic and stir for a minute until they start to turn yellow.
  4. Add the meat and brown it until done, then add the tomato and green beans and water. Stir and cook for 40-45 minutes on medium heat until they are done.
  5. Stir occasionally checking the liquid level. Add some water if necessary. Add the spices and salt half way through.
  6. Serve hot with peppered rice and side Syrian salad.

Yields 5-6 servings


Comments (12)
  • Anonymous
    hiii i love the way u explain how to make your lovely dishes ive made fasolia blhami and it turned out amazing had it with rice and nan bread my husband was well impressed :D lol.

    thanks again and keep giving us new dishes to make :)
  • Ghinwa
    I'm glad your fasolia turned out great! And it's so easy to make :) Thanks for visiting the website.
  • barbara  - hi
    what is syrian allspice? is that just like allspice? or is it amix of spices..thank you i want to make this dish
  • Ghinwa  - Syrian spice mix (baharat)
    Syrian spice mix (baharat) can be different from one region to the other, but basically it has the following ingredients: 50% allspice, 20% black pepper, 30% divided between nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger.
    Hope your dish turned out wonderful!
  • michaael beebe  - safolia reciepe
    I think you'll like this....I was taught a dish by my sister about 10 years ago. More or less:

    1 lbs. Beef cuts
    2 lbs. Of green beans
    12 coves garlic
    1 onion
    4 oz. Tomato paste
    8 oz. Diced tomato

    I cook in my slow cooker for maybe 10 hours. I serve with middle eastern pita bread. (Actually no fork or spoon) eat by picking up meal WITH bread.
    Hope you like my recipe.

    By the way...never new this dish was sryian...never knew the true name of dish!
  • Ghinwa  - Re:
    Hi Michael, Thanks for sharing your recipe:) Many people use beef cuts (lean stew beef) for this dish. I like the idea of the slow cooker! In Syria, they use beef cuts for many dishes especially lamb since they are not tough. But for busy moms, you can't beat ground beef ;)

    You should also try Okra Stew ( It's very satisfying like green bean stew and can also be eaten with pita bread (with less sauce).
  • shurook  - hamdulillah i found the name of this nice dish
    thanks for your lovely website . i learnt this dish from one of my friends , she married with one syrian , i always cook this dish in my family , my husband likes it too much , especilly eat the sauce with steamed rice , that is the best ! Inshallah i can learn more syrian dishes from your website . wish you all the best ! Allah will help all in syria !
  • Jan  - Stuffed squash
    Thanks for the recipes. Brought back memories of my grandmother. What is the Syrian name for stuffed squash?
  • Ghinwa  - RE: Stuffed Squash

    You're welcome. We have a couple of recipes for stuffed squash. The more popular one is "kousa mahshi", which translates into "stuffed zucchini". It is cooked in tomato soup and stuffed with rice and ground meat.

    The other type of stuffed zucchini is called "sheikh al-mahshi". It's fried and stuffed with ground meat and cooked in yogurt and tahini sauce.

    Thanks for checking my website :)
  • Ghinwa
    Thanks for the nice words Shurook.

    I hope you and your husband find the other recipes tasty as well.
  • jennifer  - Thank you
    Hi there,

    Your site is amazing....
    My husband is a SYRIAN guy and I am a Filipino and I'm having a hard time preparing his food... I have search some some site but the recipes giving me a hard time because of the spices and other ingredients not familiar to me. With your pages, I find it easy and I can cook the SYRIAN FOOD the SYRIAN way....

    Best Regards,

  • Ghinwa  - Re:
    Thank, Jennifer.
    Yes, some Syrian cooking can be laborious, but not all. With simple ingredients you can get great flavors. Glad it was helpful to you :)
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