Thursday, June 24, 2010

white bean dip - bigilla


I cant believe I've been doing this blog for over a year and I haven't brought a Maltese dish to the table yet. I cant eat chickpeas on the blood type diet so I've been looking for a hummous substitute and eventually thought of Bigilla! Maltese white bean dip, full of protein, low in fat and so delicious. I can eat this at any time of the day (I had it on buckwheat crispbreads this morning for breakfast) and its really quick and simple to make.

2 cans of white beans (drained and rinsed)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped
juice of one lemon (or 1-2 tbsp depends on how lemony your lemons are)
fresh chilli or chilli flakes (I used chilli oil)
A glug of olive oil to loosen it up

1. Mash with a fork or masher.

notes: I like tonnes of garlic, if this is not your thing of course use less! I usually use cannelini beans, but butter are also good, broad beans are traditional)


  1. I can attest to this being very yummy! Our family traditionally did it with kidney beans. You could also try tyhme instead of parsley but then I'm not sure you've be able to call it bigilla any more.

  2. yay! I've seen recipes using thyme and marjoram.. so I think any fresh herb would be good...

  3. Yum! I've also seen zucchini hummous which sounds great but I'm yet to make.

    How is the blood type diet working out for you anyway?

  4. I have no idea what Maltese food is like. But I laways wanted to know. This is a great starting point!

  5. Ooo this looks yummy! Would you say it's better than hummus or just different? I LOVE garlic too!

  6. hi niki, my stomach has been amazing since being in the type A diet... which is at least helping me identify foods that I am sensitive to (hello tomatos, chickpeas and capsicum!)

    carissa, personally I think its better than hommous... as hommous usually gives me a sore tummy... but they're both good.. give em whirl!

  7. Wow, really? I kinda always thought that blood type thing was bollocks. The thought of dropping those things sounds way harder than dropping animal products (well, ok, mainly tomato)!


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