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Greek Fava Split Pea Dip

Greek Fava is an easy to make creamy and delicious dip made from yellow split peas, onion and garlic. Perfect to enjoy as an appetiser with some bread, part of a mezze platter.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: dip, fava


For the dip:

  • 200 g yellow split pea 1 cup
  • 750 ml water 3 cups
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

To serve:

  • capers
  • red onion/shallot
  • olive oil
  • lemon


  • Rinse the split peas with plenty of water and remove any gravel or debris.
  • In a sauce pan add all the dip ingredients together, except from the olive oil and the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • While it is boiling, you’ll notice some foam on the surface. Remove the foam with a slotted spoon. 
  • Cover and let it simmer for about 40 minutes or else until the peas start breaking down and become mushy. If it appears to be drying too fast, add a bit of water so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Once they are cooked, puree everything using an immersion blender for a velvety texture. Season with salt and pepper and mix in some olive oil to taste. 
  • You can serve it immediately or let it cool down to room temperature for a thicker consistency. 
  • Serve it in a shallow bowl, and top it up with some capers, red onion/shallot and drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice on top. 
  • Enjoy it as a dip with some pita bread or crusty bread.