Bissara ( Fava Bean Dip )

By DK on May 07, 2009
I am quick fix type of gal. I love it if any dish could be done in a jiffy without having to depend on a load of pre made products, tastes good at the same time and yet is simple to make. Sounds like a tall order isn't it? But then you would be surprised to know that there are quite a number of such fixes out there which makes life so much easier. You can find some of my such "fast" home cooked foods here under 15 minutes section. Bissara - otherwise in understandable terminology called as 'Fava bean dip" is such a dish which takes minuscule amount of time to make, is good for you and tastes divine.
Bissara- Fava Bean Dip
I saw beautiful and fresh fava beans the other day at the market and like always picked them out immediately. I simply cant get enough of them. I go for dried fava beans when I cannot get fresh. To prepare this dish, the only time consuming thing would be to shell them. To get about a cup of shelled Fava beans, it takes me approximately 5-6 minutes. yes! I timed myself. I personally don't think it would take more than 10minutes. Bissara- Fava Bean Dip Once that's done, the rest of the dish is a breeze. Usually there are multiple ways to make this dip. You can either soak the dried fava beans overnight and boil them the next day to make this dip or you can use canned/fresh ones, cook them with garlic and seasoning in a skillet for few minutes before blending them to a puree. I have tried quite a few variations and I prefer the following method where I steam the beans for few minutes. This helps in preserving more nutrition. Here is how I make it
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 30 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • Approx 1 cup shelled fava beans
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • few tbsp of Olive oil to get your preferred dip consistency
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin-coriander powder
  • few sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 green chilli (or as per taste - you can use seeded ones too)
  • 1 garlic
  • salt to taste
Method
1
Steam cook the fresh fava beans for about a minute along with garlic and chilli. It gets done in a jiffy so keep an eye. Adding garlic to it is just to mellow down its strong flavor. I have avoided bringing out the skillet to cook, hence the addition of these along with the beans. Remove the outer waxy covering of these Fava beans. This is important otherwise it will taste bitter.
Bissara- Fava Bean Dip
2
Place them in a blender/food processor along with other seasoning, blend them and with a running motor add some olive oil until it reaches your desired dip consistency. It does not take lots since steaming the beans brings in more water.
Bissara- Fava Bean Dip
And taste first to add the salt. That's it! Cant it get any simpler? Traditionally you can use Pita bread as a side. Here I had some endives - both red and yellow and used it for my dip. The slight bitterness goes v well with this dip. Made a healthy snack and that too at minimal time. Bissara- Fava Bean Dip
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28 Responses to “Bissara ( Fava Bean Dip )”
  1. sunita sil

    :twisted: hi dk yes i got the name thanks sonal now i can make fava dishes which is called papdi wow i am so excited to try this dip :lol:

  2. sonal

    fava beeans is nothng but the vegetable avaialble called as “papdi” people who r gujju or maharashtrian they knw it very well :-D

  3. The dip looks so inviting and yummy..thanks for participating

  4. Oh, I think of shelled as meaning removed from the outer shell, not peeled :) Especially since favas have to be peeled after they’re cooked. Glad to hear you’re not eating those husks!

  5. Mamatha

    Interesting recipe. Did it taste like Guacamole by any chance? A vegan restaurant here where I live serves a dip called “Mockamole” using green peas in place of avocado. Your Bissara reminds me of that dish.

    mm..not like avacado – if you know the taste of Lima beans or mm..I think more like edamame. Fresh fava beans has similarity to that taste. It can quite bland tasting if not properly/sufficiently seasoned. But it is v nutritious.

  6. Hey DK, this does sound inviting!

    Just jumped here from gtalk, and congrats on a beautiful new blog look! its really appealing:) and good luck on your move too..hope everything’s going great..I’ve been very busy these days so haven’t had time to blog-hop:)

    Hey Mansi – Great to see you here! We are almost settled down at the new place. Take your time! I know its hard to blog hop when other things work hard at our attention! I sure know what you are talking about….Thank you for the appreciation. Glad to hear that :)

  7. ery nice recipe, will hunt for the fava beans over here..

  8. Thats looking so lovely dhivi..

  9. DK, I just found you again! Great dip, looks healthy and refreshing! Glad you are all moved in. I went through the same thing a little over a month ago, so I know exactly how exhausted you must be! Enjoy your new surroundings!

    Boy! am i glad that you found me! :-D – Got your mail. Will reply soon :)

  10. Hi Dhivya, a very delicious protein rich dip…great entries!
    Your new blog looks nice… thank you for letting me know about it!

  11. Love the pics.Entirely new recipe to me.Never ever got fava :( . Love it DK

  12. Never heard about this dip, its looks too good..love the dip’s name..

  13. Yummy dip….never heard about these..would love to try…will let you know the outcome…thanks for sharing :)

    Pls do Parita :)

  14. Never heard abt this dip.I too want to try this.Nice post.

    Sure..do :) Hope u like it

  15. Looks yummy! I can see this as an appetizer at a party with some nice bread and olives to go along :)

    yum!!! I can see it toooooo

  16. I have to ask–you don’t peel the fava beans? That’s always the most tedious part with favas, to me. The husks are so tough, but maybe they blend up well?

    Oh I do, of course – I mentioned shelled fava beans. Also refer the second and third picture – I sure have no plans on making a dip with whole beans!!!!!

  17. Oooo! so this was the dish. looks yumm and healthy :) I love its name to – Bissaaaarraaaa!!

    Siri

    I knew I wud get that reaction from you – seriously whats with us and weird names! ;)

  18. I’ve never seen fresh fava beans in regular stores, I guess I haven’t looked closely :) Lovely dip Dhivya!

    They will be in the regular vegetable section. They look like long fat beans! Give it a try sig – u will love it. I have heard that it goes esp. well as a side for meat dishes

  19. Very interesting dish. I’ve never used fava beans before. Will look for them in my local grocery.

    Yes do try. They are v versatile and nutritious. I make falafels with them – the egyptian version- Refer this http://chefinyou.com/2008/07/falafel/

  20. That is a great idea of making a dip with fava beans! Lovely pics Dhiv..

  21. I love this next to avacado… looks so yummy and delectable… Perfect for summer treats…

  22. Great step by step pics DK. I am wondering abt the taste of fava-bean dip.
    Thanks for sharing such recipe. :)

    By itself fava bean puree will be bland. It needs right amount of seasoning, but once you add it – it tastes amazing

  23. hey, amazing blog. lovely pics.. thanks for sending. first time here.

    Thank you Mahimaa..glad to know you liked the dip

  24. Mala

    Hello,

    What an awesome dip… looks mouth watering…. where did u get the fresh fava beans anyways ?

    Thanks for the post…

    Mala

    Hi Mala – you can get them in your local grocery stores. if you are in the US, then you would get them at Safeway/Whole Foods :)

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