Recipe: A Culinary Journey into Tunisian Loubia (White Bean Stew)

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Loubia is a Tunisian and Moroccan vegan stew that requires a handful of ingredients in addition to its main white beans, either canned or freshly cooked. It’s packed with flavor, so healthy and truly delicious that you can eat it with rice or bread. 

Follow this guide to learn about loubia recipe and all you need to know.

What is Loubia?

Loubia refers to legumes associated with white bean stew, including rich tomato sauce. Inhabitants of North Africa eat loubia. You can prepare the recipe with or without meat. 

If you choose meat, go for beef, lamb, or chicken. Usually, all you need are a few vegetables in addition to the spices and white beans, or Cannellini beans, also known as white kidney beans. 

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How to Make Loubia

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White Beans for loubia. Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. If you choose to use fresh beans, you’ll have to soak and cook them for 5–6 hours on low heat. Then set aside.
  2. Cut your preserved lemon, then separate the pulp from the skin. Finely mince the pulp and cut the skin into strips.
  3. Pour the oil into a saucepan and put on the stove.
  4. Saute the onion in the hot olive oil until softened, then add the garlic.
  5. Stir for a few minutes, then add the tomato paste.
  6. Stir-fry for five minutes, then add the fresh tomatoes
  7. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, then add the spices, pepper, chopped preserved lemon and salt to taste
  8. Add the cooked or canned beans, and simmer for another 10 minutes. 
  9. Add bouillon cube, stir, taste and adjust salt or thickness with a little water or broth if it’s too thick.
  10. Enjoy hot, with fresh bread or boiled rice.

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Recipe: A Culinary Journey into Tunisian Loubia (White Bean Stew)
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Tunisian Loubia (White Bean Stew)

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Recipe: A Culinary Journey into Tunisian Loubia (White Bean Stew)Sedi Djentuh
Loubia is a Tunisian and Moroccan vegan stew that requires a handful of ingredients in addition to its main white beans, either canned or freshly cooked. It’s packed with flavor, so healthy and truly delicious that you can eat it with rice or bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 day 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 4
Calories 194 kcal

Equipment

Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt to taste
  • 2 hot chillies
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 Bouillon cube
  • 3 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ground paprika
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 small preserved lemon
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups of White beans cooked or canned
  • ½ cup of Water or vegetable broth optional

Instructions
 

  • If you choose to use fresh beans, you’ll have to soak and cook them for 5–6 hours on low heat. Then set aside.
  • Cut your preserved lemon, then separate the pulp from the skin. Finely mince the pulp and cut the skin into strips.
  • Pour the oil into a saucepan and put on the stove.
  • Saute the onion in the hot olive oil until softened, then add the garlic.
  • Stir for a few minutes, then add the tomato paste.
  • Stir-fry for five minutes, then add the fresh tomatoes
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, then add the spices, pepper, chopped preserved lemon and salt to taste
  • Add the cooked or canned beans, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Add bouillon cube, stir, taste and adjust salt or thickness with a little water or broth if it’s too thick.
  • Enjoy hot, with fresh bread or boiled rice.

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Notes

If you choose to use fresh beans, you’ll have to soak and cook them for 5–6 hours on low heat. This means, your cooking time will be around 7 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 170gCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 13gPotassium: 10mgFiber: 11gIron: 23mg
Keyword Loubia, Moroccan, Tunisia, White Bean Stew
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Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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