Fava Bean and Jute Mallow Spread



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Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

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This nourishing vegetarian dish is popular with people of all backgrounds and social classes in Gaza, including Gaza’s Christian population during Lent. You can find both skinless fava beans and dried mulukhiyya leaves at almost any Middle Eastern market.


  • 1 cup (approximately 200 grams) skinless fava beans (fool majroosh), rinsed
  • 2 teaspoon


Boil the skinless fava beans in 6 to 7 cups of water (just under 2 liters), partially covered, removing any scum that rises to the top. Add the pepper flakes and cover, cooking until tender. This should ta