Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh fava beans come to the tables towards the end of the spring. I made this a while ago, finally getting around to post it. As an olive oil dish, this would be served cold in my home. Sometimes, fresh artichokes would be added to the pot as well.

Tossing with a little bit of flour prevents the darkening of the bean pods. I know they are not the most beautiful beans out there… but they do taste wonderful with fresh dill and big thick dollop of yogurt, served cold. Afiyet olsun!




 Fresh Fava Beans

  • 1 lb fresh fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 large sweet onion (diced)
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Yogurt for serving

1. Clean fresh fava beans, cut tough ends if necessary. Put them in a big mixing bowl and toss them with the flour, add water to cover.

2. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pan, add onion and saute for 7-8 minutes.

3. Add garlic, fava beans, sugar, salt, pepper and stir. Add several cups of water to cover beans, turn the heat to medium high and bring it to a boil.

4. As soon as it boils, turn the heat down, cover and simmer.

5. Check water level time to time and add more if very little left. The beans should not be swimming in water.

6. After beans change color and become darker green, add chopped dill, stir. Cook until beans are done.



  1. by A Cat From London
    8:07 am
    Jul 29, 2013

    When I see a food which I love so much, I can feel the smell in my nose. Last time I cooked fresh fava beans was in spring, in Bozcaada. I missed a good “taze bakla” with our rakı :). Looks delicious, enjoy!

  2. by Turkey's For Life
    11:56 am
    Jul 29, 2013

    Oh, just nom, nom, nom. We need to try this because we’ve only made fava puree with our beans. Will buy some next time we’re at the pazar. :)

  3. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    11:58 am
    Jul 29, 2013

    I had some broad beans for the dinner today too. Thought the pod wasn’t edible…love yours served with yogurt.

  4. by john@kitchenriffs
    1:06 pm
    Jul 31, 2013

    I so rarely cook with fava beans! And normally remove them from the pod. I have to try this – look flavorful and so easy! Thanks.

  5. by Amy Tong
    3:31 am
    Aug 5, 2013

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh fava beans in the market. Love the way to prepare them. Thanks for sharing.

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