Bigilla -Bean Paste

Ingredients:

  • 250g ful ta’ Ġirba (these are small brown beans,
    if you cannot find them use dried broad beans)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp marjoram, mint or basil
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil

Method:

1) Wash the beans and leave them soaking overnight in cold water
2) Change the water and boil the beans until they become very tender and the water evaporates
3) Mash the beans completely with a manual food masher or with a fork – the final consistency will be much better than if you use a food processor.
4) Put in a bowl and add all the other ingredients
5) Add a little extra olive oil on top

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11 Responses to Bigilla -Bean Paste

  1. WapGiovan says:

    Where can one get these in Canada?
    Broad beans are too white.

    • Tanja Cilia says:

      The broad beans must be the dried (brown) kind, not green from the pod. However, your best bet is using Jerba beans, as it says here, which are smaller, and since they have a higher proportion of skin, the mixture will be darker.

    • Dan says:

      You can get them in Canada. The dried ones are by Mr. Gouda’s, and the bag says FUL right on it. Broad Beans go by several different names, depending on where you are in the world. Other names are KOYKIA, HABAS, and even FAVA. Try any grocery store in Canada, in the dried bean section.
      You may also be able to find the frozen variety, and is also widely available, however, they are the green ones.
      If all else fails, Mr. Gouda’s, Unico, and many other brands carry canned broad beans, both in brown and green. I have used them in the past, and are quite good. No soaking involved. HAHA

    • Kathy MacInnis says:

      Use the canned Fava Beans. Push the skins off of the beans before using them. I always heat mine while mashing them. I also put some chili pepper flakes and Tabasco sauce on top and put the shaker and the bottle of Tabasco beside the bowl in case anyone wants to add some more. Yummy! I make my own galletti as well.

    • Rita cachia says:

      Try looking for dry fava beans . I’m in Australia and i buy a tin of cooked fava beans , drain and rinse and add all the ingredients as directed in the recipe . I do it all the time, with galletti.

  2. Kitty says:

    I live in Ontario Canada I was wondering what store you can find these Jerba Beans.
    Want to make some for a party that I am having.
    Also what kind of crackers should I get.Of course,the crackers aren’t the same as in Malta.Any ideas would be helpful.

  3. Rita cachia says:

    Try looking for dry fava beans . I’m in Australia and i buy a tin of cooked fava beans , drain and rinse and add all the ingredients as directed in the recipe . I do it all the time, with galletti.

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