Monday, 9 July 2012



Fava, is a really simple massively healthy Greek side dish. It is most commonly served as one of the many dishes that tend to find them selves on a Greek dinner table.

Fava is made from split yellow peas, much to my amusement if you go to a restaurant which is kind enough to translate the menu into English you will find this dish under pea soup, this of course is not what it is but is what fava directly translates as.

To make fava you will need.

Fava or split yellow peas
2 Small Onions
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put the yellow peas into a pan, peal one of the onions, cross both ends and put this in with the yellow peas. Cover the yellow peas with water you will want the water to be above the peas by about 2cm. Add a pinch of sea salt.

Bring the plan to the boil and let it boil for about 20 minutes or until the peas have absorbed the water and are soft to the touch.

Drain any extra water and discard the Onion. Put the peas into a food processer and add about two tablespoons of olive oil. Run the food processer until the peas have become more of a cream, you may need to add a little water. At this point you can add some more salt and pepper, if you like you can also add a few herbs. I like to throw in some oregano and basil.

Finely chop the second onion. Take the now creamy fava out of the food processor and top with the onions and a dash of olive oil to serve.

This dish is best served warm. It will keep in the fridge for several days; you can heat it in the microwave or on the hob to serve again later on. 

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