Greek Fáva {Purée made with Yellow Split Peas}

This post will be about Greek fáva, a creamy appetizer/main dish made with yellow split peas, and served with a variety of garnishes according to taste.

But, let me just start by saying:

I had a veeeery nice Saturday.

…and a veeery nice Sunday.

And now that I got it out of my system, let’s proceed to the very easy fáva preparation! 🙂

The name “fáva” is probably confusing, considering that fava beans (broad beans) are NOT used for this recipe.

The main ingredient is: yellow split peas.

In a pot, add the split peas and the water and bring to boil.

Remove with a spoon the foam that will form when the fáva starts boiling. Do not put the lid on, because it’s not hard to imagine how this will end up…

There will be plenty of foam, so remove it with a spoon and avoid putting the lid!

Once you remove the foam, add the onion and reduce the heat. Season with salt. Let it simmer until the split peas are so soft that you can mash them with the fork, and the consistency purée-like.

Add some water in the meantime if it dries but still needs cooking.

Once it’s ready transfer it to a food processor (or use an immersion blender) and puree it.

It is up to your taste if you will process the onion in the fáva or not. I usually process some of it, not all.

Before (left) and after processing (right)

There are plenty of ways you can serve the fáva (hot or cold). Most common are the following:

  • You definitely need a good drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Olives
  • Chopped onion
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemon juice

As you can see I used the olive oil and the olives, simply because I was not feeling like onion and I didn’t have fresh parsley at hand.

But even though I kept it simple, it was still delicious!

Don’t forget to serve it with bread or pita!

Have a nice day!


Serves 2 as main dish or more as appetizer

250g yellow split peas

1 small onion, whole

500ml water, plus more if it dries but isn’t ready



In a pot, add the split peas and the water and bring to boil.

Remove with a spoon the foam that will form when it starts boiling.

Add the onion and reduce the heat. Season with salt. Let it simmer until the split peas are soft and already purée-like. Add more water if needed.

Puree the fáva in the food processor or with an immersion blender.

Serve hot or cold, drizzling some extra virgin olive oil on top and garnishing with chopped onion and/or olives and/or fresh parsley and/or lemon.

Some bread or pita is necessary!

28 thoughts on “Greek Fáva {Purée made with Yellow Split Peas}

  1. Bam's Kitchen

    Beautiful appetizer! Of course you just trying to rub it in as you can get beautiful olives and wonder EVOO in Greece while basking under the beautiful blue sky day near the sea. I love it and will have to give it a try. (Both your appetizer and your beaches) Take Care, BAM

    1. Villy Post author

      The olives are actually made by my father in Greece. The EVOO is local Spanish. And from what I saw you got some delicious Italian EVOO! 🙂

  2. Ερμιόνη

    Φάβα η αγαπημένη!
    Την λατρεύω πραγματικά!
    Τη φτιάχνω και σαν κύριο πιάτο, σε λίγο πιο ρευστή μορφή!
    Φιλιά Villy!

    1. Villy Post author

      Και εγώ σαν κύριο πιάτο την φτιάχνω! Για εμένα! Ευχαριστώ για την επίσκεψη Ερμιόνη!

  3. Eileen

    Looks delicious–and super easy! I bet this is an excellent way to mix up a diet otherwise filled with hummus. Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Z.

    Νόστιμο όσπριο που λίγοι το εκτιμούν.
    Το δικό σου πιάτο έγινε όπως πρέπει χυλωμένο και σίγουρα γευστικό!


  5. Eri

    Villy μου καλως σε βρήκα στο υπέροχο blog σου και σου ζητώ χίλια συγνώμη που άργησα να σε επισκεφθώ! Χαιρομαι πολύ όμως που είμαι εδώ και απο εδώ κ πέρα θα με βλέπεις συχνά.
    Βλέπω ότι περνάτε πολύ ωραία σε πανέμορφα μέρη κλαψ κλαψ..! ζηλέυω.. 🙂
    Λατρεύω την φάβα την κάνω κ εγώ συχνά αλλα πάντα συνοδεία κάποιου θαλασσινού ή ψαριού γιατι ο αγαπημένος μου σύντροφος αν δει μονο φάβα θα μου πει, “μα που ειναι το υπόλοιπο φαγητό??” Εγω πάλι είμαι οκ με την φάβα και μια χωριάτικη σαλάτα! Τι ωραία!
    Φιλάκια πολλά, καλή εβδομάδα!!!

    1. Villy Post author

      Και ο άντρας μου δεν την τρώει καθόλου.. Την φτιάχνω για εμένα! Τι να πεις.. Αλλά δεν με νοιάζει καθόλου! Καλή εβδομάδα!!

  6. kiki

    Η φάβα είναι αγαπημένη! Με κρεμμύδι, λεμονάκι και ελιές που έβαλες, σούπερ!

    1. Villy Post author

      Thanks! It is delicious, and hard to explain you what it tastes like.. The closest I can think is hummus, but still different.


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