Rhubarb Beef Recipe

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My daughter made a trip around the world and brought home this recipe from Iran. I've served it often to many of my friends and they always seem to savor its different, zingy taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 to 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried mint
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 287 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 104 mg cholesterol, 1072 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in butter. Remove meat from pan drain all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions until lightly browned. Return meat to pan. Add saffron, broth, water, lemon juice, parsley, mint, salt and pepper; cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours. Add additional water as needed. Add rhubarb during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Serve over rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Rhubarb Beef in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p89

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"It is probably an acquired taste, not bad, just different."

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