500 gr flat green beans, washed, ends cut off and sides trimmed, cut 1.5 inches long
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1/2 cup rice, washed and drained
1/2 cup water
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Saute the onion with olive oil in a pot for about 2-3 minutes. Add the beans, salt and pepper, and cook on medium-low heat for another 5 minutes.
Using a wooden spoon, place the beans in a circle around the edge of the pot. Put the rice in the hole in the middle (picture). Now cover the rice with the beans (picture). Pour the water in from the sides. Cover the lid and simmer for about 30 minutes. Make sure not to open the lid too often to ensure that the heat stays in the pot. Wait until the water evaporates. You can also let it cook a bit longer until the rice is caramelized.
You can serve Dible warm or cold. It goes very well with chicken and beef dishes as a side. This recipe originates from Northern Turkey, the Black Sea region.
* This is a vegetarian dish.