Is there anything more homey and hearty than a hot bowl of bean stew? There are almost infinite variations to this humble yet rich dish. We want to propose a Middle-Eastern bean stew recipe that is super tasty and delicious, called Lebanese fasolia stew.
Fasolia (or fasulia, فاصوليا) is a flavourful red bean stew cooked in tomato sauce. The classic recipe can also contain beef or lamb, but we are showing you a 100% plant-based version.
What makes Lebanese fasolia stand out from other bean stews is the mix of herbs and spices. There are three magic spices at play:
ground coriander seeds
If you have never tried sumac, you're in for a treat. It's a beautiful deep red spice with lemony and fruity flavours. If you can't find it, worry not. Check out the tips section below for substitution advice.
Fasolia is so delicious that you can have it on its own. But most traditional recipes accompany it with flatbread, rice, or some other grain. We are serving it on a bed of bulgur wheat. Feel like pairing it with something else? Check out our serving suggestions here.
Overall, our Lebanese fasolia is a balanced meal with lots of veggies, plant-based proteins, and slow-digest carbs. A generous bowl will give you 60% RDI for fibres, 36% RDI for proteins, 10% RID for fats and 352 calories. And it's ready in only 25 minutes! Simply beautiful. Let's do this!