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Te Wai Pounamu


  • 1500g dried fava beans
  • 1500g onion
  • 6 bay leaves
  • scant teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup mature lacto veg
  • 150ml apple cider vinegar
  • A few bits of dried kelp
  • Sunflower or rapeseed oil


  1. Soak fava beans and kelp overnight in 4/5l container filled to the top. Salt lightly.
  2. Drain and put beans and kelp in the pressure cooker, fill water up to the handle rivets. Add some salt.
  3. Bring to the boil (steady steam stream from lid) then simmer for 1 hour
  4. Chop onions and add to high-sided 1/1 gastro. Salt and generously oil. Add bay leaves.
  5. Combi mode @ 160 10mins, convection mode @ 160 10mins. Maybe a few minutes at 180. Onions should be browning and slightly caramelised.
  6. After 60 mins take beans off heat and wait for pressure to lower (steam not streaming). Drain.
  7. Add the beans and lacto veg to the onion tray. Salt.
  8. Drizzle oil on top then convection mode @ 180 7 mins. Stir and repeat x 2. Beans should be browned and bursting.
  9. Add 150ml apple cider vinegar and 1500m water. Put lid on.
  10. Combi mode @ 160 20mins
  11. Taste and salt.