I wanted to make pasta for my children, but I was trying to come up with an idea that would be a little less boring than just the average pasta and tomato sauce, so I decided to make something based off of this Syrian recipe for djaj wa rishta, chicken with tomato sauce and pasta, just leaving out the chicken. But since I made it with glutenous pasta, I couldn't eat any of it, but the smell of it was tantalizing. I decided to play around and see if I could make green beans with this very same idea, same spice combination, etc... It was terrific. I don't think I would have come up with this on my own if I hadn't first made my kids their pasta, and I'm glad I did. Just a note- depending on how you want to eat this dish, you may want to include or more less green beans. If you want to eat this as a topping on rice, for example, you may want less green beans so the flavor is stronger, but if you want to eat it plain, I'd add more green beans to make the flavor more mild.
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 cup water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2-1 teaspoon salt
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1- 1 1/2 600-800 gram packages frozen green beans (I used one 600 gram package and it was very strong but I liked it that way- an 800 gram package would have more mild, and adding a package and a half will make it even less strong. And for you US people who think in ounces... I see your green beans come in 12 oz (340 gram) packages- so use 2-3 of those, minimum.)
1. Mix the tomato paste, water, salt, and all the spices until uniform in a baking pan.
2. Slice the onions into thin rings.
3. Mix the onions and frozen green beans into the tomato sauce.
4. Bake at 350 covered for 1 hour or until the onions are fully cooked.
5. Serve plain or over rice or pasta.
What is your favorite way to prepare green beans? Does this look like a recipe you'd enjoy?
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