Fava Beans in the Pod


1 lb very young fava beans (the pods should feel velvety to the touch), strings removed

1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and sliced into crescents

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 cup dill fronds, tightly packed

1 tsp sugar

juice of ½ a lemon

salt to taste

1 ½ cup hot water

1 cup plain yogurt at room temperature

2 cloves of garlic, mashed


• Sautee onions in oil until translucent. Add fava beans, dill, salt, sugar, and lemon. Add water, mix all ingredients, and bring it to a boil.

• Cover tightly and simmer on low heat for about an hour until very tender. Add more hot water if necessary; the dish should not be dry. Let it cool.

• Serve at room temperature, topped with garlic flavored yogurt.


Serves two


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