February 15, 2010

Green Beans Stew, or "Zelen Fasul"

This is one of my top 10 favorite dishes. I have had it so many times and in so many different places, cooked by so many different people, that I feel a special attachment to it. The interesting part is that it is really easy to cook and calls for very simple ingredients and anyone can make it and it always tastes great!


  • 2 lb green beans, cleaned and cut into 2" pieces
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • celery, chopped
  • garlic, chopped (I used fresh green garlic, but garlic cloves work just as fine)
  • can of diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, savory, spearmint, "rogata chubritsa"
Saute the onions in some olive oil for ~ 5 min.

Then add the chopped carrots, onion, celery, garlic and spices and continue cooking for another 5 min.

Add the green beans and the can of tomatoes and cover with water (~6 cups) and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, adjust the heat and let simmer for ~ 40 min.

Serve with a spoon of Bulgarian plain yogurt and enjoy!


  1. Slaninka is on fire :)! Great recipes, everything looks delicious!
    Only one small clarification - it is "rogata chubritsa" not "rogova chubritsa" :)

  2. I don't even know what rogata chubritza is...I am really behind on bg cooking.

    Thanks Slaninka for the BG recipe - I will give it a try

  3. ghhhrrrrrrr for some reason when i went to change the rogata chubrica the post went crazy and all the text is misaligned... soooooo annoying.
    BTW rogata chubric is the same as dried sminduh according so some bg websites.

  4. I made zelen fasul after seeing the recipe on your blog! It was so delicious...Thanks for posting it!

  5. Hi - looked up Sminduh and it is dried fenugreek leaves. This is available at Indian markets and is called ''Kasuri Methi'' or Kasoori Methi.

  6. Simple and healthy dish.