Submitted by Gitty Normile
Bursting with color, this is a gorgeous, delicious rice dish that can be a meal and is easy to prepare. The secret ingredient is saffron, which is sometimes hard to get. It can be left out, but it really makes the dish extra special! Add chicken to make this a non-vegetarian main dish.
Steep the saffron in a small amount of hot water.
In a large frying pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil. Stir in the peppers and cook for about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle in the paprika and stir.
Mix in the rice.
Add the water, tomatoes, saffron (with the water), chickpeas, and green beans, making sure the rice and vegetables are covered in the liquid. Cover with foil.
Simmer for about 20 minutes until rice has completely cooked. Rice should be slightly chewy and not sticky.
Add a small amount of water and stir once with a fork if the liquid has evaporated and the rice is still not cooked.