I used to work with a woman from Iran who was a marvelous cook. This is one of the many wonderful Iranian recipes she shared with me. I never did perfect her method of cooking rice to form a golden crust on the bottom which, according to her, was always served to the most favored guest. The spice mix makes about 1/2 cup.
Mix the cumin, pepper, coriander, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. It will make about 1/2 cup. You will only need I tablespoon of the spice mixture for this recipe. (That means you can make it 8 times!)
Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and garlic. Saute until onions are tender.
Add beef. Cook until beef is brown on all sides.
Add tomatoes, cilantro, salt and spice mixture. Cook and stir 1 minute.
Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
Add green beans and cook another 1/2 hour. Garnish with additional fresh cilantro and serve over hot basmati rice.
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