Santorini Fava Recipe

Santorini fava is a must  dish when you visit the famous island! What makes the dish special are the fava beans that grow in Santorini.

If you have been in Greece, you already know that fava is a very popular meze to accompany seafood and ouzo. But if you have been in Santorini, then most definitely you have tried the best version of Greek fava.

This yellow, lemony paste is not only nutritious but also delicious for a day after the beach.

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Santorini Fava Beans

Fava beans are one of the most traditional products of Santorini. History shows that fava is cultivated on the island for about 3,500 years! They are yellow peas, small in size and what makes them unique is the volcanic soil of Santorini. The soil is what makes them sweeter and richer in flavor.

The beans are planted in December and harvested in June. The need to dry under the sun, then get cleaned, peeled, and finally sliced before they are ready to be cooked.

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If you decide to use fresh ingredients make sure to wash them well and let them dry for at least 30′. Or even better use a kitchen cloth to ensure there is no water left.

When you grate the zucchinis you will notice they have enough liquids and we don’t need extra water.

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Many families eat fava as their main dish and complete the meal with anchovies or sardines. In the tavernas, it is ordered as an appetizer or an alternative of tzatziki.

No matter how you choose to serve it, fava will surprise you with its taste. Ready to make them?

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santorini fava

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Yield: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked Santorini (or any other) fava beans (pls read below)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers and/ or caper leaves
  • 100ml extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • fresh oregano
  • salt & pepper

equipment

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Cooking Spoon

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Frying Pan

Mixing Bowl

cooking pot

Cooking Pot

instructions

Please come back the day after the live cooking class to read the instructions step-by-step.

  • 1. Rinse the yellow split peas with clear water.
  • 2. Add the onion and sautee.
  • 3. Add the split peas and water to boil while continuously skimming off the foam that rises to the top.
  • 4. Add the fresh oregano in a cotton muslin bag for cooking and and pop it in the pot to flavour-up the fava.
  • 5. Cook the yellow split peas on low heat for 45 minutes while stirring constantly until tender to a pulp.

4 thoughts on “Santorini Fava Recipe”

  1. Are Santorini fava beans the same as yellow split peas? I was under the impression they were completely different in size, shape and taste!

    1. Santorini fava beans are a type of yellow split peas. Their taste is different, mainly due to the soil and the climate. They are sweeter and smoother.

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