Fava Rica

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Recipe review

Nice with fresh beans too

5/5 Making this tonight with freshly picked broad beans. Should go nicely with a beef curry. Jerry, aka Chef (talk)

Fava Rica
Fava Rica
Fava Rica (Rich broad beans)
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:94
Ready in:1 day, 1 hour
Prep. time:1 day
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:20th January 2013
Large dried broad beans

This simple recipe from Lisbon uses dried broad beans which can be obtained from ethnic shops. They are often labelled as fava beans.


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Mise en place

  • Soak the beans for a minimum of 15 hours in cold water.


  1. Drain and rinse the beans, and boil in salted water until cooked.
  2. Leaving the beans in the cooking water, gently fry the garlic in the olive oil until golden. Use a deepish pan for this.
  3. Whilst the garlic is cooking, drain the beans and then mix them with the garlic and oil, together with the wine vinegar.
  4. Mash some (not all) of the beans and boil for a few minutes.
  5. Serve hot.

Serving suggestions

An excellent accompaniment to meat or fish.


Although not so authentic, you can add other flavourings such as herbs, spices or lemon juice.

Chef's notes

When looking for the dried broad beans, make sure they are brownish-green and labelled as dried broad beans or fava beans. I have noticed that some mis-informed characters on the WWW have stated that they are the same as butter beans, which they are not. Do not be deceived!

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