Fava beans, or European broad beans, are a staple food in much of the Arab world, but to a small percentage of people they may be toxic. If you are of Middle Eastern ancestry, and have never eaten fava beans before, you might want to check with your doctor before trying this recipe.


4 cups fava beans, cooked (you may use canned beans with good results)

2 large tomatoes, very ripe, finely chopped

2 medium-size red onions, minced

lb. feta cheese (optional)

1 tsp. cumin

tsp. salt

tsp. black pepper

juice of 2 lemons

cup oil

4 - 6 pieces pita bread


Combine beans with the other ingredients. Mash thoroughly, or whirl to a paste in a blender or food processor. Put into a pot to re-heat quickly, then fill pita bread pockets with the mixture. Serve immediately.


Serves 4 - 6.


country : Sudan

course : vegetarian dish


source : The Africa News Cookbook : African Cooking for Western Kitchens / Edited by Tami Hultman