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Greek Fava Recipe: A traditional Yellow Split Pea Purée Recipe

This traditional Greek fava recipe comes straight from Santorini, the most beautiful island in the world. This is no surprise as according to archeological research, split peas have been cultivated from ancient times on the island.

Fava is very tasty. It has a creamy texture and is served as an appetizer or even as a main course. As an appetizer, it is great for your winter table. To make this fava recipe you need the following ingredients: yellow split peas, water, onion, Greek olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. 

This Greek fava recipe takes around 45 minutes to prepare and around one hour to cook. It serves 6 to 8 persons.

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Greek Fava Recipe – Ingredients

  • 2 cups (400 grams) yellow split pea
  • ¼ cup (60 milliliters) extra-virgin Greek olive oil, plus more for pot
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 l of hot water
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Greek Fava Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this traditional Greek fava recipe by taking a large pot and fill it with water. Bring to boil and add the split peas.  Boil for around 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pot from heat and drain the slip peas. Clean the pot.
  2. Add some Greek olive oil to the pot and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion and cook until nearly colored.
  4. Add the split peas, stir and add water to cover.
  5. Bring to boil over medium temperature while the pot is covered.
  6. Decrease temperature and allow yellow split peas to simmer for about one hour.
  7. While boiling, remove the foam and occasionally stir.
  8. Make sure that the mixture remains moist but doesn’t have excess water. Add water if that is needed.
  9. The fava is ready when it starts dissolving and turning to mush.
  10. Just before the fava is ready, add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  11. Place the mixture in a blender and purée it to your desired consistency.
  12. Season it with ¼ cup (60 milliliters) of olive oil with a spoon and with some finely chopped onion (optional).
  13. Serve

I hope you like this Greek fava recipe. Please check out my food blog for more traditional recipes. Enjoy.

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