Bessara ~ Moroccan Fava Bean Dip

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I have a confession to make – I would have never picked up these wide boring looking beans, also called as ful, if not for blogging! I know so many foodies who pick up all sorts of ingredients to try and cook for their equally foodie family, but since I have a very dicey set of tongues (repeating the same dialogue umpteenth number of times!!!), I am very wary of picking up and trying new ingredients. Most of the time, it happens that I only end up eating them, because everybody frowns and that can be plain frustrating. Thankfully, after a lot of hard work, I can say that HD and B have converted, though not 100%, into eating whatever is on the table. In fact, umma was pleasantly surprised when B said that he wanted chickpeas salad for his lunch takeaway to office, considering that he has always been fussy with eating chickpeas when umma used to be around. πŸ™‚ I consider that as a victory! πŸ˜€ But the kids – they are giving me a lot of stress of not eating much, sometimes not even touching what I make. πŸ™ What more does a mother need to get upset than this? InShaAllah, hopefully as they grow up and their tongues get better, they may start appreciating and eating better – fingers crossed!






As you can see, the major work in this dip is soaking and the peeling of the skin. You need to have a lot of patience and your favorite tape playing on the side to enjoy that work! πŸ˜€ Once that is done, then cooking and pulsing is a cake walk (Duh!) It looks and tastes very similar to hummus, without the tahini taste. πŸ™‚ We enjoyed it with a piece of this roast chicken and some khubbus. The hummus crazy Azza did not even make out that it was actually not hummus. πŸ˜‰Β I have adapted the recipe from here.Β  As per what I read, this dip is served warm by Moroccans and you can even have it like soup by adding more water and some herbs of your choice, which InShaAllah I wish to try soon, and hopefully will post as well! πŸ™‚ The beans are quite starchy so as it sits, the dip gets thicker and thicker. It seems like this dish is made in other countries like the neighbouring Egypt too, but with a little twist. Moving off to the simple recipe…


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Bessara ~ Moroccan Fava Bean Dip

Course Dips
Cuisine Arabic
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 200 gm broad beans fava
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil as required


  • Wash and soak the broad beans overnight.
  • The next day, you will see that the beans have split up. Now starts the tough part - squeeze out the soft bean inside and discard the outer covering.
  • Put the beans, garlic and salt along with water to the level and cook till the beans are soft.
  • Drain the mixture and reserve the water. Allow to cool.
  • Combine the cooked beans and garlic, along with the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Add a little of the reserved water and some olive oil and grind till you have a smooth paste. Add the water if it is too thick.
  • Top with more olive oil while serving with a dash of paprika.


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  1. looks great and i saw this beans in a store but have no idea what to left it without buying it.this seems wonderful to give a try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya….

  2. Fava beans – I picked up once and made something I dont remember but I didnt like the taste. I love the plate, πŸ™‚ it very traditional one of Saudi? The recipe seems so easy apart from the peeling….Do you think we can replace the fava with chickpea?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… I bought that plate from a local store… πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    I bought a can of these by mistake and had no idea what to do with them. I bet this would be a great way to use them!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Bibi…

  4. As said , no one would eat these in my part of the world ! Heheh so didn’t even think about it !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… inch pinch! Thanks a lot Hiba…

  5. The texture and colour look of a hummus…minus tahini. As you said i need to be prepared to eat alone if rejected by the folks. .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh, just like here… Thank you so much Nusrath…

  6. Don’t loose hope raf. Kids will start to like everything really soon. Fava beans dip look really fabulous.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yeah, hoping so Sathya… Thank you so much dear…

  7. Yummy and healthy dip

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  8. I have one set of kids same as yours, they will get excited to see mom’s making something new but when its time to eat, they stand back. my finger crossed too for my kids. But for and huby this looks perfect.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Linsy for making me feel fine…

  9. I don’t think I will like the peeling but this dip, I can lick all up. Yummy!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even I didn’t like the peeling Nava… hehe.. thanks a lot dear…

  10. Healthy dip, sounds interesting, will surely try this.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  11. I made the soup version of this a long time ago and it was delicious, but never managed to put it on the blog *sad face*, must try your dip recipe and see if it will jog my memory of how I made the soup ????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I would love to make the soup, but I dread the peeling… hehe… Hope to see it soon on your blog… Thanks a lot Umm Hamza…

  12. I’ve never been able to find dried broad beans easily in the UK, but I’d love to try this even though it time consuming.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shaheen…

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