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Sunday, September 20, 2009

North African Recipe/Bessara

Although I was at an outside training for three days last week, the class went on very well without me! I left very complete lesson plans, and have since heard that my students participated and enjoyed every activity.

One of the activities I planned was to make a North African recipe. All had a hand in making it, and most enjoyed eating it too. It is an easy one, especially if you start with canned beans and have a food processor. In taste, it is quite similar to hummus, but the cumin makes it taste a bit smokier.

Here is the recipe, in case you want to try it again at home:


1 can of fava beans, drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne flakes (not powder)
1/2 teaspoon paprika


Add fava beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to food processor. Blend well and add remaining ingredients. You want the consistency to be of a puree - not runny, but not too thick either. It should be the consistency of other dips, like hummus.

Transfer dip to saucepan and heat until desired temperature. It should be served hot, but some people prefer it to be warm. Serve it with hot pita bread triangles or pita chips for a tasty snack.

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