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One of the favorite appetizers of traditional Greek cuisine. Easy, simple, quick and delicious recipe! Ideal for a quick meal. It is served mainly as an appetizer, but in modern cuisine and as a sider. Try it as sauce in vegan sandwiches and wraps and you'll be amazed! 🙂

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Traditional Greek fava beans appetizer. Vegan recipe.

Traditional Greek fava beans appetizer

One of the favorite appetizers of traditional Greek cuisine. Quick, simple, easy and delicious recipe!
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan, Greek, Greek / Vegan, Greek Traditional
Keywords: appetizer, caper, fasting, fava, fava beans, recipe, vegan, capers, pulses, legumes, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 appetizers
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Thodoris Tibilis



  • 250  g split peas (fava beans)
  • 650 ml / 3 cups water
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  • 1 onion cut in half and then sliced
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice



  • Sort through the fava beans and pick out any tiny stones. Then rinse it in a strainer under running water.
  • Put all the fava ingredients in a saucepan over high heat until it starts to boil.
  • Next, cover the saucepan and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Then, stir well, preferably with a wooden fork, to puree the fava beans.
  • Lower the heat and stir frequently until liquids are almost absorbed. Your mixture should be creamy and not too thick.


  • It's usually served cold, but it's as enjoyable if you eat it while it's still warm.
  • Use a shallow and small plate. With a spoon, place the fava making circles from the middle of the plate outwards.
  • Garnish each dish by adding, in the following order, ½ onion cut in half and then sliced, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp. capers, ½ tbsp. oregano. Alternatively we can accompany with:
  • Caramelized onions
  • Sautéed Florina peppers, chopped
  • Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) cut into thin strips
  • Roasted vegetables


  1. Soaking the fava beans will speed up the whole process, as the beans will have already been softened enough, before you even start boiling them.
  2. If you want an ointment-like texture, you can put the fava beans in the blender.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5mg