Monday, April 10, 2017


There are a number of delicious Greek dishes that I had tasted during my visit to this beautiful country. I have been trying out some of them and this is a fava bean dip made from pureed fava beans ( Greek yellow split peas ) They have to be soaked and cooked for a long time or easier way is to pressure cook them.  If you cannot get these you may try with the canned fava. I have used the canned fava beans today to make this dip. Unlike other Mediterranean dips tahini is not added to this one. This dip was served with a herbed pita and tasted so delicious.

This is how the dried fava beans look like :
Image - courtesy Google

Cooked or canned fava beans ... 1 cup
Garlic paste ....................... 1/2 tsp (add more if you like)
Fresh oregano .............. 1 tbsp (chopped)
Lemon juice ...................... 1 tbsps or more as per your liking
Extra virgin olive oil ......... 6 tbsps
Salt ..................... to taste
Paprika ............ a pinch or two

1. Take all the ingredients into the container of the mixer and blend together to a smooth paste.
2. Remove them into a serving bowl and top it up with some garnishings of you desire or serve plain.
3. To make the herbed pita pat the dough on a baking tray and using your finger tips make 
depressions on the surface. Sprinkle herbs and drizzle olive oil over it. Bake until done.

See the recipe of making the Pita bread dough .. HERE

Note: If you are making with the dried fava beans soak 1/2 cup beans for a couple of hours. Cook them in a saucepan adding 2 cups of water and a little salt. Simmer until done. Alternately you can pressure-cook them.

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  1. I love cooking with fava beans and I too make a similar dip. You are right it tastes delicious with pitta or cravkers.

    1. Yes Nayna.. I have fallen in love with this combo too

  2. Shobha do we get dried fava beans in India? What are they called? I wanted to make this for the weekend but could not get canned fava beans. So have to book mark it.

    1. I haven't seen the dried ones but got a can from Nature's basket.


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