Whilst still in Egypt shalll we stop and taste something exquisite asides from enjoying the view..?

Ive written already about one of the most famous staple foods of Egypt,Foul Medammes.Well,this is it`s cousin..The base is the same Broad(Fava) “Foul” bean,but sold split and peeled. As such,its preparation takes much less time ,but still contains its high energy potent.

It resembles the Houmous a bit as it is blended into a similar spread,but the flavour is richer,and consistency is heavier.I personally find it wins over it`s brother the houmous by far,but dont tell any houmous lover,my life may be in danger.. 🙂


250 gr.Split fava beans-soaked the night before

2+ 2 Onions

1 clove Garlic

2 tbs approx.Olive oil


Dried Naana(Mint)leaves

*Dried Molokhiya (optional)- A special herb which deserves a post in itself and I promise to do so! 🙂



Fresh Parsely leaves/Coriander

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Rinse the soaked beans and place in a pot with plenty of fresh water

Place into the pot with the beans 2 onions cut into quarters

1 large Garlic clove coarsely chopped,a bunch of Parsley leaves/and or Coriander leaves.

Bring to a boil and cook on low heat for about 1.5-2 hrs until soft.

Strain for water as much as possible,blend and return to heat for 5 minutes to remove excess water.

Add salt,pepper,other spices+olive oil to smoothen paste

Saute thin slices  of 1-2 onions

Garnish the spread with these onion slices ,chopped Parsley/coriander

 Sprinkle some Paprika for a final touch



4 Responses to “Bisara”

  1. Very interesting. In my home region (Umbria) we make something similar and then serve it over toasted slices of bread. I had never heard about Molokhiya before.


    • Yes I think I somehow recall something..dont you make it out of white beans?The Molokhiya is something really interesting.Its a green herb that resembles spinach a bit and is normally prepared into a soup which I adore.I will definitely write much more about it in a separate post! 🙂


  2. It sounds and looks very healthy! Never heard of molokhiya before.


    • Hey Nihalcim! Yes..and its really tasty too!You havent? I have a feeling you would like it a lot..Hope to post more about it soon..I tend to think bythway that you can get atleast the dried leaves at a local oriental grocery store..optum:)


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