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Fava bean bessara

  • Easy

Use locally grown fava beans to make this classic Moroccan dip.

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Originating in the Middle East, the cultivated fava bean reached British tables in the Iron Age. Experience the delicious taste of this versatile ingredient with our fava bean bessara.

Fava bean harvesting takes place in the autumn. /Credit: John Potter
Fava bean harvesting takes place in the autumn. /Credit: John Potter
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Ingredients

  • Split dried fava beans 400g
  • Garlic cloves 3
  • Salt 1tsp
  • Cumin 1tsp
  • Paprika 1tsp
  • Olive oil 1tbsp
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Cumin, paprika, olive oil to serve

Method

  • Step 1

    Place the beans and garlic in a large pan, cover with 1.5 litres cold water and cook on a medium high heat for around 40 minutes until they are soft, skimming occasionally.

  • Step 2

    Puree the beans and garlic, either by hand or in a food processor. Stir in the olive oil, spices and lemon juice. Add a little water if required until the desired consistency.

  • Step 3

    Serve the bessara hot, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with cumin and paprika.

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