Koukia vrasta

Question. What is Koukia vrasta
Answer. Koukia vrasta are broad fava beans boiled in water.

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Tips, tricks and info on how to make Koukia vrasta

Very simple recipe, but for dried broad fava beans, to get very tender beans, use a pressure cooker.

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Regardless of the type of pressure cooker you own, follow these basic safety rules;

  • Check to see that the vent is in good working order before using a pressure cooker.
  • Always check to make sure the pressure has dropped back to normal before opening the locking lid on a pressure cooker.
  • Always set a timer when using a pressure cooker.
  • Use high heat to establish the desired pressure and then immediately reduce the heat to low.
  • Never use less than the minimum amount of liquid as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Never fill the pot more than 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  • If you don't have the manual you will need to guess how long to cook something under pressure. It would be best to cook for less time, once pressure has dropped, open cover to check, and continue cooking, as needed.
  • Never run water directly over the valve system when bringing pressure back to normal.

Nutritional information


Recipe directions

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  • Place the broad fava beans in a container and fill with enough water to cover the beans plus 2" over.
  • Let beans soak over night (following package instructions).
  • Next morning, discard the water.
  • Place beans in pressure cooker.
  • Fill pressure cooker with just enough water to cover the beans.
  • Add a tsp of salt.
  • Turn heat to high until valve begins to release pressure, and then immediately reduce the heat to maintain that pressure.
  • Cook the beans for 30 minutes under pressure.
  • After 30 minutes, shut off the heat and let rest over night, with locking lid still locked and valve still in place. 
  • Next morning, open the locking lid to see if the beans are fork tender. If they are not, make sure they are covered with water before re-locking the lid.
  • Cook the beans for another 10 minutes under pressure and immediately shut off the heat.
  • Leave the beans in the pressure cooker (without removing the locking lid and valve) for an additional 2-3 hours and you are done.
  • You should now have perfectly tender broad fava beans.
  • To serve, drain the beans for a few seconds before placing them on the plate.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of oil (serving size shown above), 2 tbsp white vinegar, about 1/4 tsp oregano and salt to taste (the more the better).

NOTE: This recipe applies for the dried broad fava beans (brownish in color). The green broad fava beans are fresh and need considerably less time to cook.

NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Koukia vrasta video

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