Bessara is a middle eastern dish served as a dip or as a soup and is made with cooked fava beans.This can be served as part of a mezze platter.
Preparation time:30 minutes
1 cup dry split fava beans (also called as habas, soaked in water overnight)
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon Shatta(red chili paste,optional)
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 large garlic cloves
1/8 teaspoon sumac powder
1. Place the fava beans in a pressure cooker in just enough water to submerge them and add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.Drain the water.
2.Roast the garlic on 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
3.Puree the fava beans with the rest of the ingredients except sumac powder. Serve Bessara drizzled with olive oil, cumin and sumac powder on top.
This can be diluted with vegetable broth or hot water to make a fava bean soup or served with pita bread or as part of the mezze platter.