Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bigilla - Maltese bean dip

This traditional dish is extremely popular in Malta - and again and safe thing to make as you cant go wrong!
The main ingredient is broad beans (or fava beans). In Malta, the beans used are called 'Ful'. They grow abundantly and are really good fresh with some olive oil and garlic


1 lb dried broad beans
2 tsp parsley
1 head of garlic crushed
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp of mixed marjoram & mint, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Soak beans overnight (or at least 12 hours)
Replace water. Add salt to taste
Bring to boil & simmer until beans are soft. (you may need to add more boiling water to be sure that the beans do not stick to the pan!)
Mash beans lightly and place them in a serving dish
Add other ingredients to taste
Pour olive oil on top and add some more parsley for decoration


  1. What a tasty-looking dip, especially with the marjoram and mint.

  2. Ooo! I love it! I haven't seen a Maltese recipe before and this one looks flavorful and healthy.

  3. i am maltese,this dip is the best u can ever taste

  4. Hi there! I'm Maltese Food Blogger. My Bigilla recipe does not contain lemon juice. I use fresh basil and fresh parsley instead. I will try this recipe variation out then! check me out and leave a comment

  5. We use fava beans, garlic, hot pepper sauce, olive oil and parsley.We love this dip, it's healthy and easy to prepare.


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