Dried fava bean and spinach dhal


This version of dhal (a dish of Indian origins) is dense, creamy and fragrant. The delicate bitter taste of dried beans* goes perfectly with ginger, garlic, turmeric and cumin. Perfect with homemade naan or rice.

Dried fava bean and spinach dhal
Preparation time
Cooking time


For 3 Person(s)


  • 160 g dried yellow fava beans (me Ursini brand)
  • 720 ml water
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 fresh ginger piece (about 2 cm)
  • 1 big garlic clove
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 120 g frozen spinach (drained)
  • 120 ml (or less) vegetable stock or water
  • salt and lemon juice to taste

Dried fava bean and spinach dhal Directions

  1. For this recipe I used organic dried fava beans made by Cerreto.

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  2. Rinse fava beans under cold running water. Place them in a pot with 3 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring often, until the beans are completely cooked and begin to dissolve (me 40 minutes). Turn off the heat and let them cool down.

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  3. Heat butter and oil. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes (do not let them burn).

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  4. Add spices, stir and cook for another minute. At this point add vegetable stock or water and drained spinach. Bring to a boil and add your fava beans.

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  5. Stir and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until your dhal has the desired consistency. Taste and adjust with salt if necessary.
  6. Before serving, add a few drops of lemon juice. Serve with homemade naan bread (my recipe here) or rice.

    lot of love. B.

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Recipe notes

This recipe is born thanks to the collaboration with Cerreto - an Italian company that offers its customers high quality organic food products and supplements.

Nutrition facts

(diet, vegetarian, lactose free)
Per Serving


Wednesday, 07 March 2018
loook delicious :) more indian and vegan dishes would be great. - Pristley

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