Moroccan Fava Beans Soup (Bissara)
125 grams (4.4 oz) dried green peas
125 grams (4.4 oz) dried fava beans
1 liter (4 cups) water
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
5 tablespoons olive oil
1- In a large pot, over medium heat high, put the following ingredients: dried green peas, dried fava beans, garlic cloves, water, and two tablespoons of olive oil.
2- Once the water starts boiling, skim off the whitish foam from the surface.
3- Reduce the heat to medium and continuing cooking for another 45 minutes until the green peas and fava beans soften and start creating a paste. Note: when cooking, check on the water level and add if necessary until the peas and beans are done.
4- Turn off the heat. Using a hand mixer, blend the peas and beans until you get a smooth creamy soup. Add water to adjust the texture to your liking.
5- Add cumin, cayenne pepper, and three tablespoons of olive oil. Turn on the heat to medium, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
6- Serve immediately, hot, with bread and olive oil.