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Fava beans with coriander, Portuguese style

bób po portugalsku

I found this simple recipe way before my trip to Portugal.  I want to try it so bad, but I couldn’t find it in any Portuguese restaurants or cafes. Fortunately recipe is really easy, so everyone can prepare it at home.


Broad beans are national Portuguese vegetables. Served fried like nuts or marinated, salted, perfect for beer. Fava rica, a dish made of fava beans, olive and white vinegar used to be sold on Lisbon’s street. Nowadays you can’t find this probably most popular Portuguese dish. I hope that when I visit Portugal next time I finally find it in some narrow Lisbon street.
In traditional recipe, dried broad beans are used. Since in Poland there’s a lot of fresh fava beans, I recommend to use them instead of dried ones.



Fava com Centros is a minimalist dish made of broad beans, coriander and parsley. Coriander (cilantro)  is widely used in Portuguese cuisine. What is surprising, Portugal is the only European country that use coriander in so many traditional recipes. For me it’s amazing, because I just adore intense cilantro aroma
fave beans with coriander

Favabeans with coriander

Fava com centros


Recipe from “Taste of Portugal”


2 servings

500g fava beans
1 spring onion with leaves
6 springs coriander
4 springs parsley
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic

more greens to serve

  1. Chop spring onion and garlic.
  2. Cook broad beans in salted water with 3 chopped springs of coriander and spring onion.
  3. Drain and add the rest of ingredients (chopped coriander and parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar).
  4. Toss to combine. Season with salt and more greens.


809 calories
proteins: 38,3 g; fats: 30 g; carbohydrates: 101 g, dietary fiber:  27,1 g;
iron:  8,5 mg; calcium: 219 mg; zinc: 5,2 mg

fava com centros