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Paulina's Blog: Spiced Fava Beans

By Megan 09 Dec 2016

Fava beans are a broad green legume that grow in long pods and are popular in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Makes around 4 portions of this salad.
Preparation time is about 25 minutes, but may be longer if you peel the fava beans.

What ingredients will you need?

  • 1 kg of fava beans, preferably fresh, but good quality frozen ones will be fine as well
  • 1 hot chilli pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 big yellow onion, or 2 smaller ones
  • 1 handful of chopped dill
  • 3 heaping spoons of butter, or other fat suitable for frying

And this is how the magic happens:

  • Put the fava beans in water and cook on hob until the water is boiling. If you have any preferences, you can cook for a longer or shorter time.
  • On the pan, melt the butter. Add the finely chopped onion, and salt it a little. Cook it on a low to medium temperature until translucent.
  • Check how spicy is the chilli pepper. If it’s really hot, you may want to remove the seeds. Cut it into small pieces.
  • Peel the cloves of garlic and crush them, or chop finely.
  • When the onion became somewhat see-through, add garlic and chilli pepper. Let it cook for about a minute or two, and then add the chopped dill.
  • Put the cooked fava beans on a coriander, and pour some cold water over them. If you prefer fava beans without the skin, peel them.
  • Stir the fava beans and the onion-garlic-pepper mix together.
  • Serve with some toasted bread.


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