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Fava Bean Hummous with Cumin

Author From "Vegetable Literacy" by Deborah Madison


  • 1/2 cup shelled fava beans
  • 1 small clove garlic , chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh lemon juice


  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Immerse the beans into the boiling water for 1 minute, drain, and refresh in a bowl of cool water.
  2. Pinch the skin off each bean.
  3. Put the skinned fava beans a food processor and add the garlic, cumin, oil and 1/4 tsp salt. Pulse until the beans are roughly puréed.
  4. Taste for salt.
  5. Add the lemon juice, starting with 1 teaspoon and working up from there. Scrape the purée into a bowl.
  6. Just before serving, drizzle oil over the surface and add a sprinkle of toasted cumin seeds.