In the spring of 2018 I made a citytrip to Athens where I first tried Fava. This dip is made of yellow split peas and is super tasty with some pita bread. During my travels, I enjoy tasting the local dishes of that specific country. I’ve eaten delicious fresh Greek salads, Moussaka, the real Greek mezze (various Greek snacks / tapas) and of course baklava. In conclusion: the Greek kitchen is delicious!
The Greek kitchen also has several tasty dips, such as the famous Tzatziki. But fava is also a delicious dip. I had never heard of this before my citytrip to Athens. This dip made of yellow split peas is very pure in taste and perfect as a starter with some pita bread. It is also very easy to make!
- 500 grams of yellow split peas
- 2 red onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp capers
- Olive oil
Rinse the split peas and put them in a pan with water. Bring to boil. Drain the split peas in a colander and rinse them clean. Rinse the pan and return the split peas to the pan. Add 1 liter of hot water and bring to boil again with the bay leaf. Clean the cloves of garlic and one onion and then add them whole to the split peas. Let everything cook for about 30 to 45 minutes with the lid on the pan. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
Remove the pan from the heat and cover with a clean tea towel. Put the lid on the pan for 30 minutes to let the fava steam out.
Remove the bay leaf and add the lemon juice, salt and a dash of olive oil. Then puree everything until smooth. Let the fava cool down a bit.
Cut the other onion into pieces and fry them in a pan with a little oil until they’re soft.
Spoon the fava into a large bowl and sprinkle with the fried onion, capers and a little olive oil.
Tip: Also delicious in combination with other Greek mezze such as Greek Zucchini Croquettes.