Bissara – Fava Bean Dip

by Edward Daniel
Caption of Bissara Fava Bean Dip. Image by Edward Daniel (c).

Bissara is a fava bean dip found in Morocco and in Egyptian cuisine. It is served as a breakfast in winter but I serve it during the day with bread over here in London.  I love fava beans because of their sweet earthy flavours.  It’s so simple to put together and looks wonderful to serve.

Caption of Bissara Fava Bean Dip. Image by Edward Daniel (c).
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 100g fava beans
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1/2tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2tsp sweet paprika
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • ¼ lemon, juice
  • Few sprigs of parsley


  1. Soak the fava beans in filtered water overnight.
  2. The following day, drain and adding fresh water, pressure cook for 30 mins. Set to one side.
  3. Drain the fava beans and place in high-speed blender.
  4. Sauté the garlic cloves until softened. Add to the blender with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve with bread.4


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