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Bissara Dip

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 1 hr

Servings: serves 8 to 10

Recipe By: Hassan M'souli

From:  Moroccan Modern
Used with permission of Interlink Publishing

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Bissara Dip

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1  onion, grated
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 pound dried split fava beans
6 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon white pepper
 salt, to taste
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, roasted and crushed
 extra virgin olive oil and bread, to serve
Heat half the oil in a large saucepan, and fry the onion, garlic, and fava beans until the onion is soft. Add 3 cups of the water and simmer for 30 minutes until the beans are tender, adding more water as needed.

Make a paste of the ground cumin, paprika, white pepper, and salt with half a cup of water. Add the paste to the fava beans, cook for a further 15 minutes until thickened, stirring regularly. Add a little more water if necessary and make sure the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. Add salt to taste and stir in the remaining olive oil.

Garnish with roasted cumin seeds and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Chef Suggestions
Serve with warm crusty bread or warmed lavash bread.

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