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Biesar - Broad Bean Purée

posted on: Jan 19, 2017

Biesar - Broad Bean Purée

Of all the Arab dips and appetizers, biesar is the most underrated. This protein-rich dish is delicious and adds color to the table.

Serves 10 to 12


  • 3 cups large broad beans, soaked for 24 hours and skinned
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • l/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika


In a saucepan, place broad beans, garlic and cumin, then cover with water. Bring to boil then cover and cook over medium/low heat for 40 minutes or until the beans are well cooked. Drain, but reserve the water, then place beans with remaining ingredients, except the paprika, in a food processor. Add 1 1/2 cups of bottom part of reserved water with sediment, then purée.

Place puréed beans in a saucepan and heat then spread on a large platter. Decorate with paprika and serve.