Turkish Fava

Turkish Fava
10 June 2024

Fava is an appetizer prepared with broad beans, which is identified with Aegean and Greek cuisine. The name fava comes from Greek. It is usually served with meat products as it soothes the digestive system and kidneys. Served as an appetizer, this food can be included in diet lists as it is low in calories. It has become widespread over time and has started to be consumed in European and Asian countries. It is usually served with fish dishes. If your ingredients are ready, here is the answer to the question of how to make taverna-style fava that you can serve as a side dish to main dishes.

How Many Calories is 1 Serving of Fava?

One serving of fava prepared with broad beans is approximately 115 calories. Using additional oil during service increases the calorie value. Therefore, those who want to add it to their diet lists should carefully calculate the amount of oil. 

Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook time : 25 mins
Servings : 6 People
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Turkish Fava


  • 500 g dried broad beans
  • Half a cup of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1.5 bunches of dill
  • juice of one lemon
  • 5~6 sprigs of parsley
  • Half a tsp of red pepper powder
  • Salt
Turkish Fava


  1. First, soak the fava beans in plenty of water and leave them in a pot. The next day, wash them in plenty of water and drain them.
  2. Clean the onion you will use and finely chop it. Put the olive oil in a pan and heat it.
  3. Add the onion to the pan and fry until it turns pink. Add the broad beans to it. Add 3–4 cups of water and cook until the broad beans soften.
  4. After cleaning and chopping the dill, add it to the pan, stir, and remove the pan from the stove. Puree it with a food processor.
  5. Add the lemon juice, stir, and let it cool. You can garnish the fava with chopped parsley and red pepper. Bon appétit!
Serving Suggestions
  • You can serve the fava as a side dish with fish meatballs.
  • It will also be very suitable for your appetizer tables.
Expert Tips
  • The most important point to consider when making fava is water. First, cook with a small amount of water. If the water is absorbed and the broad beans are still not soft, you can add water gradually.
  • When the broad beans are soft, make sure to leave some water in the pot. This will make it easier for you to puree them.
  • You should serve the fava beans before they cool down. As the broad beans cool, they will start to harden and thicken.
  • When passing the fava beans through the food processor, make sure that there are no big pieces. Thus, the puree will taste more delicious.

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