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Fava Dahl


This quick dhal-type dish is made with UK-grown split fava beans and Panch Phoran spice mix. So easy but so tasty.


150g split fava beans
½ teaspoon turmeric
Salt to taste
Oil for sautéing
2 teaspoons of panch phoran
1 onion, chopped & 1 clove of garlic, chopped
Small piece of ginger, grated
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (more or less according to taste)
400g tin chopped tomatoes or passata
Other veg if desired (e.g. steamed cauli or spinach)
Handful of fresh coriander and lime wedges (optional)


Give beans a quick wash & boil in a pan with enough water to more than cover them. Add turmeric, salt & boil until soft (~15 min).

In a separate pan, heat oil and add panch phoran. When the first seeds start to pop, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli flakes. Fry until the onions are soft. Stir regularly to avoid burning the seeds.

Add tomatoes with ~100ml hot water. Simmer 10 mins. Drain beans, add to the spiced tomatoes (with other veg if using) and cook another 5 mins. Serve with chopped coriander, a slice of lime and rice.


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