Fava (Yellow Split Pea Puree)
Recipe type: Appetizer/Meze
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 2
Fava is smooth, warm, delicious, and extremely healthy. It can be served creamy (by using a blender) or chunky (served directly from the pot) depending on your liking.
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  1. Wash and rinse split peas in a colander.
  2. Place the peas, onions, garlic, bay leaves, and half the olive oil in a saucepan. Add enough water to cover the peas (about 4 cups) and bring to a boil. Skim away any foam that forms on the surface.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, checking and stirring the peas occasionally. Add water if needed. Cook until the peas soften (about 30-45 minutes).
  4. When the split peas have softened, or when the peas begin to mash together, remove from heat and mix in the salt, pepper, and oregano. Remove the bay leaves.
  5. Transfer contents into a food processor (or you can use an immersion blender) and add lemon juice and the remaining olive oil. Blend or pulse to your desired texture. For a chunky fava, just serve from the pot. Season to taste.
  6. Serve with pita or dipping vegetables and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with toppings of choice.
Optional garnishes: diced red onions, caramelized onions, feta cheese, capers, chopped parsley, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or anchovies
Recipe by Eleni Saltas at https://elenisaltas.com/2017/04/11/fava-yellow-split-pea-puree/