Are you tired of layering clothes to stay warm during the winter season?
Well, there is another way to beat the chill and that is by trying Morocco’s famous bessara soup. This soup not only warms you up, but it also tantalizes your taste buds with its unique aroma and flavor.
Bessara is made with dried split fava beans that are known for their nutrient-rich qualities. They contain folate, thiamin, vitamins K, C, and B-6, as well as potassium, zinc, and magnesium. These ingredients work together to nourish your body and soul.
If you haven’t had the chance to try bessara during your travels to Morocco, why not make it yourself? It’s easy to prepare, and you probably have most of the spices in your kitchen already.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own bessara soup:
- ½ kg of dried split fava beans
- ½ large cup of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cumin
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
To start, put a large pot on low heat and add the olive oil, crushed garlic, dried fava beans, and all the other spices. Stir everything together and add six large cups of water until the ingredients are fully submerged. Keep stirring until everything is mixed, then cover the pot and let it simmer for an hour. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pot.
After an hour, check if the fava beans are soft enough to squish in your hand. If they’re still too dry, add more hot water and let it cook until they soften. Once they’re ready, mash them with a wooden spoon and add hot water to achieve your desired consistency.
To make your bessara soup even more delicious, you can prepare a garlic-infused olive oil to add on top. Simply warm ⅓ cup of olive oil in a small pot or pan, grate two cloves of garlic and add a pinch of salt. Stir everything until the oil is warm and fragrant, but be careful not to burn it. Pour the olive oil on top of the bessara soup and serve it hot in a bowl with pieces of bread.
If you want to take your bessara soup to the next level, you can sprinkle some cumin and paprika powder on top or add a few drops of olive oil for added flavor.
In conclusion, trying new dishes is a great way to break the monotony of your regular meals. Making your own bessara soup is a simple yet delicious recipe that can transport you to the streets of Morocco.
So why not give it a try?
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