ASH MONDAY, LEBANESE VEGAN FOOD. FAOUZIEH BOUTROS
What does "Makhlouta" mean?
Makhlouta literally means mixed. This typical villager dish can't get any easier. Just like it's name, it's a mixture of the grains and beans in your pantry, cooked in a pot.
Fawzieh Boutros guides us step by step to make this recipe, along green fava beans with coriander, another villagers' recipe of spring time.
After soaking the grains and beans overnight, strain and pour into a pressure cooker (Presto).
Meanwhile, fry the onions until golden brown. After the beans are done, pour the onions with their oil on the bean mix, add salt and cumin, stir, and simmer for 10-15 mins. Turn the heat off and drizzle with some olive oil.
Fava Beans and Coriander Recipe
It was very hard getting the recipes from Fawzieh, we got them the lebanese way:
eyeballing is the key, no exact mesurements are required
Whole fava bean pods
You mean with the pods?
Fava Bean season in Lebanon means sitting on a terrace with the warm sun hitting after a long winter, holding beer bottles before a big Sunday meal.
But before splitting beans and pods, when favas are still green and tender, this old recipe is made to savor the whole flavor of the pods.
Wash the fava bean pods thoroughly. Cut the pods into two-inch bites. Meanwhile, fry the onions with some olive oil.
When they are cooked and golden, pour the beans into the pot, and toss regularly.
Wash the Coriander. In a food processor mince the garlic, coriander and salt until they are very fine. Pour the lemon juice over them.
When the fava beans are tender and have lost their bitterness, add to the pot the coriander mixture and stir. Salt to taste. Simmer with the lid open for 7-10 mins and serve.