Fava Bean Hummus

by Linda Capeloto Sendowski on May 25, 2011

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Wednesday’s Santa Monica Farmers’ Market had so many treasures on display including huge piles of fresh, puffy, bright green fava beans.  Luckily, McGrath’s Family Farm stand sells fresh shelled fava beans in ½ pound and 1 pound bags.

Fava beans or Ava Frescas, or some call them Ful, are a Sephardic and Mediterranean favorite.  There a many dishes such as favas stewed with lamb, favas with artichoke hearts, and favas with fried onions and tomato sauce to name a few.

Recently at several trendy restaurants here in Los Angeles I noticed dishes like seared salmon served over a bed of pureed fava with mint.  Or some flavored fava puree served with hot from the oven foccacia.  Wonderful!

Last Friday night I tried my hand at fava bean spread or hummus for the Shabbat Challah.  Try this you won’t be disappointed.  It is so healthy and delicious.

To make Fava Bean Hummus you will need:

1 pound of shelled fresh fava beans

1/4 cup or to taste fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup tahini paste

1 teaspoon salt or to  taste

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup loosely packed mint leaves

Wash the fava beans and if they are not shelled, shell them.  Place the fava beans in a shallow pan and cover with cold water.  Bring the liquid to a boil and boil the beans for about 3-5 minutes in order that they cook through and release the second skin.  Rinse the favas under cold water and peal off the second skin.  Place the drained beans in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.  Pulse to puree.  Taste and adjust salt and lemon to your liking.

This keeps refrigerated for up to a week.  Serve it as a spread, garnish or bed of vegetable under grilled fish or chicken.

I served the fava bean hummus at a Friday night dinner of Challah, grilled veal chops,  baked sweet potatoes, steamed asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.


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Lorena Martinez May 28, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Very nice as a companion to any grilled meat.
Thank you very much

Erika - In Erika's Kitchen
Twitter: erikakerekes
June 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I love fava beans too – but oh, how I wish there were a shortcut to that second peeling!

Linda Capeloto Sendowski
Twitter: theborekadiary
June 14, 2011 at 1:45 AM

Hi Erika, it seems to me when we were kids we had all of those jobs, crack the walnuts and grind them, grate the parmesan, peel the favas, and peel the fruit for canning….

megi June 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Hi Linda, we loved the fava bean hummus, it’s tastes so fresh and full of flavour, I meant to come and tell you before, I also posted this recipe on the blog. Thank you for sharing this and all of your delicious recipes!

Ehood February 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Keridos Amigos,
Just wanted to make a comment — it has to do with terminology.
HUMMUS is the Arabic name for the GARBANZO beans.
Fava beans are called FUL in Arabic.
Therefore, there is no such thing as FAVA HUMMUS
Call it a fava dip — or if you want the Arabic name, it’s FUL MUDAMAS


Linda Capeloto Sendowski
Twitter: theborekadiary
February 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Ehood, thanks for the education, I guess in English Hummus has come to mean any bean dip, but I appreciate the distinction. Fava Dip it is.

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