Fava Beans


This is a delicious and simple Middle Eastern dish that's very easy to make. You can get a can of cooked fava beans in any Middle Eastern store. Serve with pita bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
1 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
2 servings


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon water, if needed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can fava beans, drained

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (Optional)


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat; add onion. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato and tomato paste; cook until tomatoes are mushy, about 4 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon water, if necessary.

  2. Pour fava beans into skillet; mash into a paste. Add 1 tablespoon water, cumin, salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper; stir well. Heat for 1 minute more. Remove from heat; allow to rest for 1 minute. Stir in olive oil and parsley.

Cook's Notes:

If you would like the dish to be runnier, you could add an extra tablespoon of water before stirring in olive oil and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
18g Fat
51g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 2234mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 536mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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