Photos by Abolfazl Mahrokh, Mehr News Agency
During the cold season, street vendors in Iranian cities sell warm beets, usually fireroasted, and lima beans. The beets, with steam rising from them, are especially very inviting and provide the much needed warmth in the cold days!
The lima beans are served with their skin, with Persian spice Golpar (Persian Hogweed) and lime juice sprinkled on them. You will peel the outer skin and eat the inside with Persian spices.
Receipe for Persian Beets (courtesy of Persian Recipes)
I know many of you probably don't like beets...but Laboo is something else! I personally never thought I would find beets to be tasty, but even I found myself enjoying them.
Ingredients (2-4 people):
3-4 Large beets
1 cup water
2-3 tablespoons sugar
Wash the beets and wrap them in foil. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (on bake) and place the beets (wrapped in foil) onto a baking sheet and in the oven. Let them cook for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
If you prefer to have your Beets without any added sweetness once you take them out of the oven you can peel the skin off, chop them up, and serve.
However, if you prefer to have the Beets sweetened take them out of the oven, peel off the skin, chip them up, and place them in a pan. Mix together 1 cup of water with the 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Pour the mixture over the Beets and cover the pan with a lid. Let them cook for approximately 10 minutes on med-low heat. You don't want the water to dry up, so don't let them cook too long. Take them out of the pan and serve.
By adding the sugar/water mixture and cooking the Laboo a bit longer they become soft and sweeter.
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