Fresh Fava Beans and Rice
Can be made with brown rice: 1 1/4 cups rice + 2 cups water + 55 minutes cooking time
1 ½ cups jasmine rice
2-3 cups fresh fava beans, cleaned
fresh salt and pepper
2-3 garlic cloves – sliced thin
1 bunch cilantro
a handful of fresh mint
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 – 2 ½ cups water
Prepare the fava bean pods: If they’re young and thin slice them between the beans. The older thicker pods need to be peeled and you only use the beans themselves.
Heat the coriander seeds in a pan, until you smell a mild coriander scent. Remove from heat. Be careful not to burn them! Crush using any method you want.
Chop the cilantro and fresh mint.
In a pot, heat the garlic and fava beans in a generous serving of olive oil. Cook for a minute or so and add the rice, spices and herbs. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the water, bring to a boil and continue cooking, covered, on low heat. It’s best to start with 2 ¼ cups of water and add more if needed. It should take about 20-30 minutes. The rice should be soft and fava bean flavored when done. Letting the pot stand wrapped in a kitchen towel at the end of cooking always improves flavors and textures.