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Rama’s fasolia (Illustration: Siew Wee H’ng)
Rama’s fasolia (Illustration: Siew Wee H’ng)

KaiFebruary 19, 2022

Recipe: Fasolia, by Rama from Takeout Kids

Rama’s fasolia (Illustration: Siew Wee H’ng)
Rama’s fasolia (Illustration: Siew Wee H’ng)

A traditional Middle Eastern recipe supplied by 12-year-old Rama Bani Khalid of Auckland’s Petra Shawarma, star of Takeout Kids.

Rama Bani Khalid features in the first episode of new Spinoff series Takeout Kids, which explores the lives of kids growing up in takeaway shops and family-run restaurants. As Rama moves between home and school and Arabic school and her parents’ Auckland Jordanian restaurant Petra Shawarma, director Julie Zhu and her crew gently capture all the tender, funny and poignant moments along the way.

Today we’re sharing Rama’s recipe for fasolia, a traditional Middle Eastern stew . Keep an eye out for recipes from the other kids in the series in the coming weeks.

“We hope you give these meals a try and share the kai (and the series!) with your friends and whānau too,” says Julie Zhu.


Rama Bani Khalid, age 12

This is a traditional Middle Eastern dish and the recipe varies according to different regions and families. This recipe means a lot to me as it is a traditional Jordanian dish, I’ve grown up with it and it is a big part of our family. This is a hearty and flavour-packed dish with all the proteins. Super tasty!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g green beans, trimmed
  • ⅓ bunch chopped parsley
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained
  • 400g diced tomatoes, drained
  • salt and pepper 

Set a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic.

Once it is all fragrant, add the green beans, parsley and the drained kidney beans and diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Add enough water to cover the beans and bring to a boil while stirring.

Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the green beans are tender and the water is absorbed.

If you would like to have extra soup, just add some more water and additional seasoning to taste.

Serve it up and enjoy!

Click here to watch the full series of Takeout Kids. Takeout Kids was made with the support of NZ On Air.


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