Dried Favas Stewed with Onions and Tomatoes

In Crete, as elsewhere in Greece, ''fava'' is a dish of stewed yellow lentils, not fava beans at all—but favas, fresh or dried (and usually smaller than those found in the United States), are another popular Cretan vegetable, especially in soups and stews. Variations on this recipe are found all over the island, often calling for the addition of herbs or spices, such as mint or cinnamon.