Broad beans with cumin & parsley

Broad beans with cumin & parsley

Favas com cominhos e salsa

By
From
Lisbon
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

Broad (fava) beans are a popular ingredient in Lisbon, and there are lots of different ways to prepare them, from tossing them with garlic and oil to dressing them with finely chopped onion and coriander (cilantro). (Unsurprisingly, they are often found served with finely chopped fried chouriço (chorizo) sausage or bacon.) This is my favourite way to prepare broad beans, which we discovered during a meal at a tiny restaurant called Cantinho Lusitano.

Don’t skip shelling the beans – the leathery shells conceal delicate, sweet, bright green little beans. They are far more delicious without their jackets.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g broad beans
11/2 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch portuguese flor de sel or other flaky sea salt
5 tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
handful flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped, to serve

Method

  1. Pod the beans, if they are in pods, then blanch them in salted boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. Slip the tender beans out of their skins into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix the cumin, salt, olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper together in a bowl. Dress the beans with the oil mixture. This is best served warm, so if the beans have cooled while shelling them, warm them briefly in a small pan.
  3. To serve, taste to check the seasoning, then add the chopped parsley and stir through.
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