Fava (puree of yellow split peas)


  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • capers or black olives for garnish


Clean peas and place in a heavy stockpot with water. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the peas to steep for one hour. Drain, then return to the pot with fresh water just to cover, salt & pepper.

Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until soft and most of the water is absorbed (about 1 hour).

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

At this point, you can just put the peas in the fridge until you're ready to use them, or puree them in a food processor. It depends on the texture you want. The puree also becomes thicker under refrigeration.

At service, just mix with a little olive oil, minced onions, salt and pepper. Parsley or capers and black olives make a nice garnish.

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