Wild faba bean rice!

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Hello friends!

A few days ago me and my brother in law went to the South of the Dominican Republic and specifically to the Barahona province. Not only did we enjoy amazing landscapes, rivers, lagoons and beaches but we also found some food (go figure!)

It is common and traditional for people to put small tables just in front of their houses and offer the best of their own “conucos” (Taino word to mean small family farm)

Wild (criollo) faba beans are very popular in the Dominican country side. They’re easy to care for, most of the times they grow on their own, and make for delicious stews, moros (rice with beans), sancochos,, etc.

I frequently use tomato paste (as do most Dominicans) for color in foods and specially moros, but when dealing with fresh, organic or green beans I prefer to just leave it to its natural color.


  • 3 cups rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ lb. wild faba beans
  • 1 tbsp. garlic paste (natural)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cubanela pepper (or a green sweet pepper)
  • Cilantro
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • Chives (for decoration, to put on top when done)
  • Salt


Soften your faba beans in a pressure cooker for about ½ hour or until tender. Faba beans are very hard and require pre softening. Save the water.

Stir fry your vegetables, add the faba beans, then the water (just 3 cups. Use the water from the pressure cooker. If you need more, complete with regular water, if you have extra, don’t add it!, that is, unless you’re aiming for a risotto! LOL)

Move until it dries to avoid it sticking to the bottom and when it does dry, lower to fire to the minimum, cover and give it 30 minutes.

Hope you enjoy! A warm hug from the heavily rainy and windy Caribbean. (23C/73F)


As a bonus I leave you the video to our trip to the south of the Dominican Republic (Barahona Province)

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About Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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2 Responses to Wild faba bean rice!

  1. Amber says:

    Your beans and rice looks great! And your trip to the south of the Dominican Republic looks lovely! The nature there is beautiful!

    • I’m glad you liked it! I didn’t film anything inside our property in Paraiso, but I should have! We have a stream inside the property that’s just amazing. I guess it’s a bit hard to access so I left my camera behind. The wild faba beans are something else! I need to get me some more, but Barahona is about 3.5 hours from the city and a bit of a rough road, so it’s not an everyday thing! 😦

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