Fragrant Broad Bean Dip


I’ve been swimming in broad beans over the past few weeks as they come flowing in my weekly veg box. My love for broad beans came just last year when I tried my first freshly podded batch of young beans as opposed to dull, grey pre podded bags full from the supermarket. The difference was remarkable and they became a summer crop I looked forward to for the first time this year.


My endless supply has made my salads more interesting, has given wonderful colour and texture to pasta dishes and added wonderful bulk to stews, but most importantly, they starred in this wonderful dip that was so unexpectedly delicious that I eagerly awaited the arrival of my next broad bean influx and had no issue with the idea of podding yet another bucket load.


The dip is so simple, it can be whipped up in a matter of seconds in a processor or blender or you could bash it together with a fork or potato masher. It’s fragrant with garlic and basil with a subtle chili kick. Great with crudites and strips of toasted pita.


Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 80g fresh podded broad beans
  • 30g fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 red chili
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Blanch the beans in boiling water for a couple of minutes then drain thoroughly. Add to a processor with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth but still with texture.


Nutritional Benefits

No cholesterol
Very low in sodium
Low in sugar
High in dietary fiber
High in vitamin A
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22 Responses to Fragrant Broad Bean Dip

  1. glyn50 says:

    This looks fabulous! Thanks,

  2. Susan says:

    I LOVE broadbeans. This is such a great way to use them! Thank you

  3. saucygander says:

    That looks wonderful! I love broad beans, very little is needed to make them the star of a meal.

  4. Penniless Veggie says:

    Great idea, I’ve got loads of broad beans and basil from the garden too at the mo’ – will try this!

  5. SP @ Third Culture Cooking says:

    This looks fab! And as a bonus, I love podding broad beans – I find it quite therapeutic!

  6. thesouplady says:

    Reblogged this on Mummies Yummies by chrys the soup lady and commented:
    Must try next spring!

  7. bevanlal says:

    The inner side of a fresh broad bean pod is made of the single wispy cloud you see passing on a summer’s day.


  8. I had dried massive white beans in the pantry that was left by a previous tenant and I used them, and they were huge! I used in my pasta dish, and it was pretty filling. I’ve never had broad beans before…maybe I have, but the idea of making them as a dip sounds fantastic. Love the monochrome/colored photos!

    • Poppy says:

      Broad beans are also known as fava beans, so maybe you have had them?

      Love the sounds of those huge white beans!! What a great thing to be left by a previous tenant, I usually just find old clothes hangers, no beans!!

  9. dropscone says:

    Ooh, this looks like a spicier version of a dip I virtually lived on when I took a holiday to Malta. It’s called bigilla and it’s one of their national dishes. Lovely stuff!

  10. Hi Poppy, this looks delish. You hqve been so sweet liking things on my blog and I have only just got round to looking at yours, it is AMAZING!! Think we must have very similar taste because things like this boad bean dip are very similar to things I have made, and then you have lots of recipes for things I have been wanting to try, like the beetburgers!! So I Just wanted to say gorgeous blog. Need to get on and make a list of favourite blogs like you have done, and you will without a doubt be on there! xxxx

    • Poppy says:

      What a lovely comment, thank you so very much! I hope you get round to making things like the beetburgers (they’re really great!) but I’m the same, my list of recipes to try will take me into my 90’s! Also, if you add a blog roll widget to your page, the blogs you follow will automatically list on there! 😀

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