Here in Holland I found a new love – fava beans, otherwise known as broad beans. Never had them before, but here they sell them a lot, and I got mine at my favourite Turkish shop where you can get legumes in bulk for great prices.
You can buy them in Chinatown as a fried snack, but honestly, that didn´t impress me – I want to try and fry my own batch one day.
What I really loved though was making bessara out of them – that is supposedly a Moroccan dish. You need:
1 1/2 cup of cooked fava beans (don´t forget to soak them overnight and then cook for about an hour or more, and most of all, don´t forget to PEEL them before cooking…I didn´t know that…luckily in this dish it is not SO important if your blender is strong enough…)
1/3 cup of olive oil (I´d use a bit less next time)
1 1/2 tsp salt
juice from half a lemon (I´d use less next time if you don´t want your dish too sour)
1 tsp sweet paprika powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder (I used piri-piri)
a few cloves of garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
Mix all in a blender (you probably will need to add quite some water). The bessara should be liquid enough to pour out of the blender into a bowl. It is usually eaten warm, so I transferred it into a pot and heated up. I don´t eat bread normally, so I spread mine on rice cakes, but I can imagine it would be great with a pita bread or something similar…
Unfortunately, no picture 😦