Peas and rice Lebanese recipe

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by Rita H. Azar on October 5, 2012

Today, another Lebanese dish.  The recipe of green beans in tomato sauce was quite popular so, here’s another one very similar but with peas this time.  It’s called “bazella wou riz” which means peas and rice.  This recipe is with meat but you can also make a vegetarian version.  It’s also a dish that can be easily frozen.


– About 500 grams of frozen peas

– 1 clove of garlic crushed

– 1 big onion thinly sliced

– 500 grams of beef chopped in strips (ignore for the vegetarian version)

– 1 can of 400 grams diced tomatoes (or 1 table spoon of tomato paste or 500 ml of tomato juice)

– 2 carrots diced

– 1 tomato finely chopped

– ¼ teaspoon of salt

– ¼ teaspoon of pepper

– ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

– ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg

– A little bit of oil

– 2 cup of basmati rice (for two people)


– In a saucepan, put the onion and garlic and cook with a little bit of oil until the onion is softened.

– Add the beef and sear (vegetarian version, jump this step).

– Add the peas, carrots, can of diced tomatoes, fresh tomato, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

– Add just enough water to cover all the ingredients and mix all the ingredients together.

– Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 40 minutes.

– In a different saucepan, cook the rice.

-Serve on a plate with rice topped with the peas.


– Put few whole garlic cloves whilst cooking.

What are you cooking this week-end?

Happy Friday and enjoy your week-end!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

PepperBento October 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

Mmmm. This looks great! I don’t think the hubby would appreciate it as much as I though as he’s not the biggest fan of tomatoes.


ritaazar2 October 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

It’s really delicious! Cooked tomatoes taste quite differently than fresh ones so maybe…


angele October 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

This recipe is very tasty and easy to do: peas, carrots, tomatoes. I suggest to everyone to make time to try it .Bon appetit!


ritaazar2 October 7, 2012 at 6:22 am

Indeed so easy to make and delicious!


Claudia October 6, 2012 at 1:53 am

Yum, yum, yum!!! I can’t wait to try this Rita, thank you for sharing it with us. Now I’m off to look for the other recipe with beans :)


ritaazar2 October 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

I’d love it if you let me know how you go if you try the recipes.


sybaritica October 6, 2012 at 2:42 am

Lovely light meal!


ritaazar2 October 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

Thanks for stopping by! I just followed your blog!


sybaritica October 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thank you and welcome aboard … BTW, I like the Labne as well … have never tried it before :)


Grace October 6, 2012 at 2:57 am

Oh, YUM! This looks so delish, Rita! I’ve been trying to do a few more vegetarian dishes and this one is ideal. Thanks for sharing!


ritaazar2 October 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

Thanks Grace for hosting #FYBF!


Salz Dummy Spit October 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Oh yum my kids love it when I cook this. Funnily enough I have this recipe on my blog. The difference is I use the tomato paste and I don’t put cinnamon or nutmeg. Might try it with it next time.


Rita Azar October 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

It’s so delicious, isn’t it? I just had a look at the recipes on your blog. They all look very yummy!


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