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How to cook dried mini split fava beans?

The 2 pound bag of dried mini split fava beans seemed like such a good idea. They've silently mocked me from the cabinet for over a year. No directions on the bag. Can I treat them like lentils (cook w/o soaking)? The few recipes I found through Google are for soaking & making into falafel batter. I'd prefer another cooking method.

asked by Randi almost 2 years ago
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Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Try ful medames, traditional Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian variations, garnishes.
Soupy base of the cooked beans which can be topped with tomato sauce, egg, cucumber, yogurt, feta, olives, et al.
Recipe by Claudia Roden in New Book of Middle Eastern Food, 2000.

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Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 1 year ago

I think you definitely need to soak them overnight before cooking. Then, cook them like any other dried bean. A classic southern Italian way is to mash them after cooking, and add some olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe some sauteed garlic for extra flavor. Serve them with any bitter green--cicoria, rapini, Tuscan kale . . . . I prepare the greens by washing well, slicing into strips, dicing onions, garlic and bacon. Fry that in olive oil, add the greens, and cook til tender. You can simply boil the greens, but I like the bacon and garlic flavor.

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