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Middle Eastern broad bean dip

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Middle Eastern broad bean dip

Side Serves 8 20 min
Eat as a dip with slices of pitta or salady bits, or use as a sandwich filler. A healthy green alternative to the usual chickpea hummus. This is a good way to use up older, larger beans, but make sure you double pod them before puréeing if they are big.

Ingredients

  • 1kg fresh broad beans in their pods
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil and more to finish
  • handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • pinch paprika or sumac
  • toasted pitta bread, to serve
  • salt and pepper

Method

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Shell the beans and blanch for 2-3 minutes until tender. Run under cold water then pop the inner beans out of their grey skins by making a small tear and squeezing gently (this isn't essential for small beans, but for larger beans it makes the dish a brighter green as well as improving the taste and texture).
  • Step 2

    Place beans, garlic, cumin, lemon juice, olive oil and coriander in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine, but keep the texture slightly chunky. You can use a potato masher if you prefer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn out onto a serving plate, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika or sumac. Serve with toasted pitta.