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Category: ALGERIA
Rating: 4.50
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Loubia (Algeria)
Ingredients :

2 cup dried navy beans soaked in water
overnight and drained
8 cup water
2 x bay leaves
3 x onions
4 x cloves
5 x cloves garlic minced
1 lb lamb bones (1 leg bone)
2 tbl olive oil
2 lb tomatoes peeled, seeded and
coarsely chopped (about 8), OR use canned
2 tbl tomato paste
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbl sweet Hungarian paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
20 sprg cilantro
30 sprg parsley
3 tsp salt (3 to 4)
Freshly ground pepper
Chopped cilantro for garnish
Chopped onion for garnish
Chopped green olives for garnish
Bread for serving

Method :
Place drained navy beans, water, bay leaves, 1 onion studded with all 4 cloves, garlic and lamb bones in soup pot. Cover and cook over medium heat until beans are fairly soft, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Discard onion.
Dice remaining onions. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and fry, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add to cooked beans, along with 1/2 tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, paprika and cayenne.
In blender or food processor, puree remaining 1/2 tomatoes with cilantro and parsley sprigs. Add to beans and cook over low heat, covered, until beans are tender and broth acquires full-bodied flavor, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into individual bowls and garnish with cilantro, chopped onion and olives. Serve with warm bread.
6 to 8 servings. Each of 8 servings: 267 calories; 1,052 mg sodium; 0 Description: "Spicy, slow cooked meal"
Cuisine: "North African"
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NOTES : Loubia, the North African counterpart to American chili, is second to harira in popularity. Like harira, loubia doesn't like to be hurried. Ideal for a slow cookers. I serve loubia with a saucer of ground cumin on the side, to be added to taste. My Algerian friends, on the other hand, prefer a piquant mixture of finely minced garlic, parsley, and chiles for garnishing their loubia.
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