I learned how to make this while visiting my husband's family in Syria. It can be a healthy, fast, easy vegetarian/vegan main dish for lunch or dinner that is surprisingly filling when eaten with pita bread, or it can be a flavorful side dish.

Tasneem
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the green beans into a large pot, and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt to taste, and put the lid on the pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beans are cooked to your desired doneness. Syrians like it cooked until the green beans are turning brownish in color. The idea is not to saute them, but to let them steam in the moisture released by the ice crystals.

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  • Add cilantro and garlic to the beans, and continue to cook just until the cilantro has started to wilt. Eat as a main course by scooping up with warm pita bread or serve as a side dish.

Nutrition Facts

164.2 calories; 1.6 g protein; 7.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 74.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
I tried this recipe with fresh green beans. I cut them up and soaked them for 5 minutes in salt water then followed the recipe as advised. It was great! I served it as a side dish to pork chops and pasta! Would definitely do again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2011
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251 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 192
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
I tried this recipe with fresh green beans. I cut them up and soaked them for 5 minutes in salt water then followed the recipe as advised. It was great! I served it as a side dish to pork chops and pasta! Would definitely do again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
I tried this recipe with fresh green beans. I cut them up and soaked them for 5 minutes in salt water then followed the recipe as advised. It was great! I served it as a side dish to pork chops and pasta! Would definitely do again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2006
These were the most delicious green beans I've ever had! Took them to our family Thanksgiving potluck in which I was in charge of vegetable side dishes. Made these and others from Allrecipes: the feta-bacon green beans (not so good) and the roasted brussel sprouts (awesome) The only change I made was to use fresh green beans about 1 lb which I partially cooked in the microwave for about 5 mins first w/a bit of water then I drained and proceeded w/the recipe just sort of stir frying them w/the oil garlic and adding the cilantro at the end after the beans had gotten nice and dark. Not a pretty recipe but so delicious. Never would have thought of cilantro and green beans together but was absolutely delicious --I couldn't get enough of them and they were excellent reheated the next day in the microwave! Will DEFINITELY add these to my veg. side dish favorites. Such simple ingredients and preparation but a wonderfully complex flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2008
This has become my favorite way to prepare green beans. I was amazed at how big an impact the cilantro had on the end result I think I even use close to half cup of cilantro. I try to be careful with the oil because I don't like me beans very oily. I also like to turn the heat up a little the last few minutes and brown the beans slightly. Make sure to keep stirring if you turn the heat up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
This met both of my criteria for a 5 star recipe...simple and delicious! My husband is Lebanese and we make something similar with fresh green beans but there are onions and tomato paste in it too. I think that I could add those to this recipe if I wanted and it would be just as delicious! This is a keeper for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2007
Very good! I like this method of making green beans. I would suggest a lower "medium high" for the heat though. EDIT I love this way of making green beans so much now that I hardly ever make them any other way. WOW! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2003
Excellent light tasty and easy recipe! i Don't usually like green beans but Loved these! Served with filet mignon-- great combination. Cilantro gives perfect accent! Thank you Tasneem!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
I've been making these for about five years now and have never written a review. This is a great recipe. Delicious just as is but I usually add a touch more garlic to my personal taste. Yum! Try it- you won't be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2008
What a delicious recipe! Something about the oil does a wonderful thing to the beans. Don't mistake this for any ol' green bean recipe. This is the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2007
Great recipe! The only thing I did differently from the recipe is that I cut way back on the olive oil and drizzled just a little over the beans before cooking. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2011
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