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Bissara (Fava Soup)

5 Servings
1 lb skinless,dried fava beans
4 c water
2 T corn oil
1/2 t ,;salt, or to taste
2 t harissa (see recipe)
2 t cuminseeds,Ground
1 lemon wedges

This is a poor man's soup, to be made when there is not enough money around to buy meat. Flavorful & substantial, the soup is served w/ generous quantities of day-old bread & is considered to be the entire meal.
1. Cook the fava beans in the water in a covered pan over moderate heat for abt 1 hr, or until soft. Add more water (1/2 cup) should liquid evaporate too quickly. Mash the beans coarsely in pan. (This is not a puree.) 2. Add oil, salt, harissa, & cuminseed & simmer slowly over low heat for 20 mins. Serve hot w/lemon wedges & an extra plate of harissa.

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