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Greek Fava
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5 from 2 votes

Fava - Greek Yellow Split Peas Dip

Fava is a traditional Greek, nutrient-dense and very flavorful food made of yellow split peas, onion, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: dip, gluten-free, healthy, legumes
Servings: 2
Calories: 354kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 grams / 8.8 oz fava beans
  • 500 grams / 17.6 oz vegetable stock
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon zest + juice
  • OPTIONAL: oregano to sprinkle on top + kalamata olives to serve with

Instructions

  • Add the fava beans in a larger bowl or pot and pour in 1 lit of hot water. Let the fava beans soak for 15 minutes then strain and rinse well, until the water comes out clean.
  • Place fava beans along with the vegetable stock (ideally this homemade vegetable stock), onion, and garlic in a large cooking pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Cook the fava beans for 30 to 45 minutes. Depending on the quality of the fava beans cooking time may vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour. After the first 20 minutes of cooking, taste the beans to check if they're tender. If not pour in 500 ml of water and keep simmering until they get very soft, tender and break apart and the consistency looks like a very thick soup.
  • Remove from heat and add the olive oil, lemon zest, and juice. Blend using an immersion blender.
  • You may serve as a warm and thick soup or let the fava cool down and serve as a dip along with a drizzle of extra virgin Greek olive oil, a sprinkle of dried Greek oregano on top, and some Greek Kalamata olives on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1008mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 533IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg