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Vegetarian Fasolia Beans Stew Recipe – Fasolia bi Zait

Fasolia bi Zait

In Lebanon this dish is commonly known as “Fasolia at’aa” or “Fasolia bi zait” which translate to “vegetarian Fasolia” and “Fasolia with oil.”

Fasolia is a variety of red beans or pinto beans that you can commonly find in supermarkets. For this recipe pick the beans with tan/lighter color if possible, or as a second best pick red beans. And if you have control over it, pick beans that are new, and haven’t been stocked for a very long time.

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 90 mins
Total time 1 hour 50 mins

Author: Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen

Recipe type: Middle Eastern Entree

Serves: 6


2 cups of pinto beans (fasolia)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 head of garlic, finely minced
1 medium head of potato, cut into tiny cubes
½ cup of olive oil
1-2 teaspoons of tomato paste
½ teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
8 cups of water


Soak the beans overnight in fresh water so that they soften and cook faster.

In a deep cooking pot, sautee the garlic, onions, potatoes and beans in the olive oil for 5-10 minutes.

Add 8 cups of warm water to the pot along with the salt and stir well

Cover the pot and let gently boil/simmer on low heat for 1 hour

Add 2 teaspoons of tomato paste to the pot, stirr well, boil for another 15 minutes and serve hot with a side of pita bread.


Note that if you add cold water instead of warm water to the pot, the beans may wrinkle.

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