Mashed Fava with Tomato

mashed fave beanWhen I travel I make sure to bring back some great recipes, and (Qelabah) as it’s called in Yemen, is a must share recipe.

People usually have it for breakfast, but I can have it anytime. It’s amazing how simple ingredients bring so much flavor. Adding olive oil at the end makes this creamy delightful dish richer.

At times, I use it as a spread in my sandwich, or just dip my toast in it.

Mashed Fava with Tomato

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Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup cooked or canned fava beans
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sesame paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed optional


  • Fry the onion until transparent, add tomatoes, garlic, and cumin.
  • Stir for 3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the fava and mash with the back of a spoon. Stir on low heat
  • for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tahini and stir to mix it. Add 1/2 cup water and stir for 2
  • minutes on medium heat.
  • When serving pour some olive oil on top.
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