• 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


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

Bigilla is a typical country dish and is one of the mainstays of traditional Maltese cuisine. For many years Bigilla street hawkers would roam the villages selling the freshly made bigilla from their donkey drawn carts.