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For this month’s Food of the World event, we are going to Lebanon. While browsing through the internet for vegetarian Lebanese dishes, I landed on this page with a ton of recipes to choose from. I finally narrowed the whole list down to about 10 dishes, but more than half of them were desserts and I had to resist the temptation of making those rich and creamy desserts. I have them bookmarked and will pace them out and try them in the future.

At the end, I made this vegetarian version of Lebanese Stew with Peas. Traditionally this dish is made with beef or lamb mince. I used soy granules/ TVP instead. The highlight of the dish is the Baharat spice blend that is added to the stew. It is a mix of ground spices and it adds a nice warmth and lot of flavor to the dish.

Lebanese stew is served with a simple vermicelli laced rice pilaf. Cooking the pilaf in butter and olive oil gives it a nice buttery flavor that goes very well with the stew. I made it for lunch on a cold day and it was very hearty and filling.

Recipe adapted from here.

Vegetarian Lebanese Stew with Peas and Rice (Bazelle with Riz)

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Time: 70 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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For this month's Food of the World event, we are going to Lebanon. While browsing through the internet for vegetarian Lebanese dishes, I landed on this page with a ton of recipes to choose from. I finally narrowed the whole list down to about 10 dishes, but more than half of them were desserts and I had to resist the temptation of making those rich and creamy desserts. I have them bookmarked and will pace them out and try them in the future.

Summary

  • Cuisine: lebanese
  • Passive Time: 20 mins
  • Course: main course
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

1 cup Soy granules
1 Onion – medium, finely chopped
3 cloves Garlic – finely minced
2 Carrot – medium, peeled & chopped
1 cup Green Peas – thawed if frozen
2 tbsp Tomato paste
to taste Salt
Baharat Spices:
½ tsp Ground Allspice
¼ tsp Ground Pepper
¼ tsp Ground Cumin
¼ tsp Ground Coriander
¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg

Steps

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the Baharat spices in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Add 2cups of hot water to soy granules and set aside for 10~15 minutes. Drain and squeeze the excess water and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2tsp olive oil and 2tsp butter in a pan. Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan and saute till onions are lightly browned around edges.
  4. Add the baharat spice mix and mix well to combine.
  5. Next add the drained soy granules and saute till lightly browned, about 3~4 minutes.
  6. Stir in tomato paste, salt and 1½~2cups of veggie stock (or water). Bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 8~10 minutes for all the flavors to mingle. 
  7. Finally stir in the green peas and simmer for 2~3 minutes to heat them through. Serve hot with rice.

Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli:

  • Servings: 2-serving
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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For this month's Food of the World event, we are going to Lebanon. While browsing through the internet for vegetarian Lebanese dishes, I landed on this page with a ton of recipes to choose from. I finally narrowed the whole list down to about 10 dishes, but more than half of them were desserts and I had to resist the temptation of making those rich and creamy desserts. I have them bookmarked and will pace them out and try them in the future.

Summary

  • Cuisine: lebanese
  • Course: main course
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

1 cup Rice, rinsed and drained
½ cup Vermicelli, broken
to taste Salt

Steps

  1. Heat 2tsp olive oil & 1tsp butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the broken vermicelli and cook till it turns golden, about 3~4 minutes.
  2. Next stir in the rice, 2½cups of water and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15~18 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice & vermicelli are cooked through. Let sit for 5 minutes before digging in.

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4 thoughts on “Vegetarian Lebanese Stew with Peas and Rice (Bazelle with Riz) for #Food of the World”

  1. YUM!! This look fantastic,I want to try this.Try other Lebanese cuisineshttp://www.nestle-family.com/english/lebanese-recipes.aspx

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