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    justcallmetoni's Note:

    This is my quick version of a recipe from International Vegetarian. Bissara is a Moroccan dip that is similar in its presentation (but not taste) to the more common hummus. Enjoy this with pita bread (fresh or toasted) or cut up vegetables. Traditionally, this is served with a generous drizzle of olive oil on top of the prepared spread both for flavor and to act as a preservative. Though I never do, you are free to so.

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    1. 1
      Thoroughly rinse and drain the fava beans.
    2. 2
      In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Add fava beans, vegetable broth, ¼ teaspoon of paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne. Cook three to five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are warmed. Begin to mash the beans by hand or with a masher. You are looking for a consistency that is not solid but thick enough to be scooped up using bread. If it seems too thick, thin with additional broth or water.
    3. 3
      Mix remaining spices together and reserve.
    4. 4
      To serve, place Bissara into a shallow soup bowl or dessrt plate with a high lip. Sprinkle ¼ of the mixed spices. Drizzle additional oil on top. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
    5. 5
      Serve warm or hot.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 09, 2007


      I think this was my first time trying fava beans...I bought them because I kept on seeing them in middle eastern recipes...I also kept on thinking of Hannible Lector...LOL. Anyhow this was easy to make and was pretty was more of a refried bean texture than a puree. I think I would puree it next time as we didn't care for the texture but the flavor was good. I also thought it was going to be too hot for me but it wasn't. I had to hand grind cumin seeds because I was out of the already ground kind. The spices pop with the addition of lemon juice. My husband really loved this. We ate it as a side like refried beans.

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    • on August 02, 2007


      I used fava beans grown in my garden. Instead of mashing by hand I pureed in the blender. Also, I added lemon juice. My Moroccan husband nodded in approval! A healthy thing to eat! Thanks Toni for sharing the receipe.

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    • on January 07, 2006


      I am still trying to track down fava beans, and I shall review this again when I do. Meanwhile (after trying three very likely places without success), I have made this with 2 cans of chickpeas. Apart from this, omitting the cayenne (personal taste preference) and using only a pinch of salt, I made this to the recipe. I used about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. We ate this at room temperature with fresh crusty bread. Great flavour and texture, but I am keen to make it again with the fava beans! I’m on a quest to find them!

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    Nutritional Facts for Bissara (Fava Bean Puree)

    Serving Size: 1 (162 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 298.0
    Calories from Fat 71
    Total Fat 7.9 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 12.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 12.7 g
    Sugars 3.8 g
    Protein 16.2 g

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    vegetable broth

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