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Authentic Recipe of Greek Fava. Creamy Greek Traditional Yellow Split Pea Puree.

Quick and easy creamy Fava is the best starter to enjoy with some warm pita in the winter. A classic Greek yellow split pea puree snack!

Things to know about Greek Fava Recipe

This Fava recipe may sound simple with only a few ingredients, but the combined flavors of onions, yellow split beans, and traditional Greek spices will surely change your mind.

Fava is traditionally found in taverns and restaurants all around Greece, and it is served with a drizzle of olive oil and diced onions.

This dip is paired with some warm pita during the winter times in Greece.

Creamy Greek Traditional Yellow Split Pea Puree.  Authentic Recipe of Greek Fava.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Φάβα
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Beans and Legumes based Recipes
Spice Level No Spicy Recipes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering)


Servings 10 Portions
Calories / Serving 149 kcal


  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Yellow Split Peas – Field Pea – Soup Pea – Dry Pea – Matar Dal
  • 2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil For sautéing
  • 3 pcs Red Onion Medium
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1000 ml (33.81 floz) Water Warm
  • 2 pcs Lemon Large
  • cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil For blending
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper Powder
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  • Rinse the beans with plenty of water.
  • Chop the onions, garlic, and thyme into small pieces. Juice the lemon and set it aside.
  • In a large pot heat the olive oil and sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the chopped garlic and thyme and cook for another minute.
  • Once the onions are golden add the peas to the pot. Pour the warm water on the beans and season. Simmer the beans with the lid on for 40-50 minutes. The beans should be soft when they are done.
  • Place the beans in a food processor and slowly add the olive oil and lemon juice while mixing.
  • Fava should be smooth and creamy like a puree.
  • Serve fava at room temperature with drizzled olive oil and diced onion. Kalíórexi! Enjoy your meal!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 937mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fava Recipe, Traditional Greek Yellow Split Peas Puree, Φάβα
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Cooking tip for making Fava

While the beans are boiling, be sure to remove the foam on top of the water with a spoon.

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What to serve with Fava?

  • Serve it with a warm pita or as a part of a meze platter.
  • You can top fava with capers or chopped parsley.

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