Fava Beans And Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli

Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking

I must confess, beans were not my favorite thing to eat or cook with, it never were but then with time, I changed, my palate improved and these days I look for newer ways to prepare beans. Not that I have gone head over heals for it but beans have definitely established a space in my pantry. People say beans are comforting, I don’t deny that and it fills the home with warmth as it slowly cooks with the spices or herbs. Sure it does, but I like them crunchy, not saucy and almost always, I prefer them light, on salad or on taco, as in this case.

This is my take on a taco recipe with a hint of Indian flavor. The recipe was built accidently one dull evening as I ran out of dinner ideas and decided to try the lonely unloved can of Lima beans that was hiding at the back of the pantry. The flavor mishmash of mustard seeds with fresh curry leaves always works for me and it worked that day too. I threw in some roughly chopped tilapia fish to make it more filling and to my surprise, it made an absolutely delicious meal that we savored with roti and daal.


Mustard Seeds and Fresh Curry Leaves | Playful Cooking


Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking


This time, I decided to revise the same dish with fresh fava beans, sautéed shrimp and wrap it on corn tortilla. And since a taco is unfinished without a sauce, a spicy mustard sriracha aioli sounded much suitable. The dish had texture, robust flavor and a hint of spice. There was the crunch from the shrimp, the creaminess from the fresh beans and the spiciness from the velvety aioli.


Fresh Fava Beans | Playful Cooking


Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking


Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking


It may look like a lot of work but it’s actually not. Shelling fava beans and cleaning the shrimp might be the only hard work involved in this dish. I do agree that fava beans shells are not as soft as fresh pea shells which can be a tad bit frustrating at times. But if you have a helping hand, it can be fun too. Having that said, if you want it quicker and less hassle free, just go ahead and try with can beans and roughly chopped fish fillet, like I did before. Either way, it’s a great light meal whether you wrap it on tortilla or spread on a slice of crusty bread.


Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking

Fava Beans And Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


for the mustard sriracha aioli

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha chili sauce
  • salt
  • pepper

for the shrimp and beans

  • 1-1/2 cup shelled fava beans
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, clean and shells removed
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 6 to 7 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • oil
  • salt

few other ingredients

  • tortillas, I used corn
  • finely chopped cabbage
  • finely chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges


To make the aioli

  1. Put everything (except olive oil) in a food processor and mix until it looks foamy. It will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Now, run the food processor, pour olive oil from top and continue mixing until it looks thick and creamy. Check for salt and add more, if required. Store it in an airtight jar.

To make the fava beans and shrimp taco

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and keep a bowl of ice water ready. Add the beans and boil for about 3 minutes. Drain the boiled beans and immediately throw the beans in the ice water for about two minutes. Drain the beans and remove the skin if the beans are not very small.
  2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves, allow it to infuse for 30 seconds. Drop beans and give it a stir. Cook for 2 minutes and then add shrimp. Stir it, add a pinch of salt and chili flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink in color and curls up.
  3. Finally, grill or warm the corn tortillas. Spread a little bit of the aioli on it, top it with bean and shrimp, finely chopped cabbage, finely chopped cilantro and squeeze some lime juice. Serve.


I didn't peel all the beans as some were tender and some had rough shells. However, while eating I felt that it would have been better to peel all the beans.

Fava Beans & Shrimp Taco With Mustard Sriracha Aioli | Playful Cooking


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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I love shrimp tacos, fava beans are a tasty addition!

  • Rosa
    June 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    A beautifully summery dish and extraordinary combination! Those tacos must taste so good. Fava beans are awesome.

    Gorgeous clicks, as always.



  • sangeeta khanna
    sangeeta khanna
    June 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Beautiful. It would be a much loved meal at my place. Here is someone who is head over heels for beans 🙂

  • Nami JustOneCookbook
    Nami JustOneCookbook
    June 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I gotta try this mustard sriracha aioli! I need a new version of taco and this sounds fantastic!

  • nisha
    June 6, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    fava beans are not really my fav as well but then with shrimp im thinking i will be able 2 handle it 🙂
    Kankana…thanks for that brilliant idea on the bread baking post..i shall henceforth keep it refrigerated 🙂

  • Nik@ABrownTable
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    June 6, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    I love these! The touch of Siracha in the aioli is a great idea!!

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    June 6, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Love shrimp taco. Perfect for summer.

  • Grandbaby Cakes
    Grandbaby Cakes
    June 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I adore shrimp tacos. But seriously why is it that whenever you post, I just want to jump through the screen and consume whatever you posted?

  • Little Kitchie
    Little Kitchie
    June 6, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    These sound soooo good, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love fava beans!

  • nusrat2010
    June 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Hello again, Genius 🙂
    Thank you for making me drool in public with your taco pictures!
    By the way, you’ve got a stalker who loves about anything and everything you do on your blog:)

  • Asha@FSK
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    June 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Love the flavors!!! I have been craving shrimp recently, I don’t know why and there you are tempting me!!! Not fair! LOL

  • Prachi
    June 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    This is a great idea for a taco. What would you suggest as a vegetarian substitute for shrimp

  • Nandita
    June 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Love this flavour packed tacos. Looks so scrumptious and so vibrant. Great post kankana 🙂

  • Eileen
    June 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Tacos! OH, YES. Using fava beans in these is such a great idea! And I love the combination with sweet and spicy shrimp. 🙂

  • Purabi Naha | Cosmop
    Purabi Naha | Cosmop
    June 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Oh Kankana, the tacos really look so delish! Oozing with flavours, I must say! I am in love with this mustard sriracha aioli!

  • Reem
    June 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Me too was not a great fan of beans but now I really like trying new recipes with them… This sounds great 🙂

  • Eha
    June 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I may not be the biggest fan of tacos [tho’ make enough ‘wrap’ dishes 🙂 !] but I absolutely adore the sound of that aioli and shall try that soonest: can see that pairing with a lot of dishes!!

  • Kiran
    June 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    LOVE the indian twist on this yummy tacos!

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    June 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Shrimp comes to my mind when I think about Tacos. And that Siracha mustard aioli sounds utterly delicious.

  • dixya
    June 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    yummmmy. I love fish tacos and this aioli will make everything perfect:)

  • kerry lindsey
    kerry lindsey
    June 8, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Sounds very tasty. The beans in the picture however haven’t been peeled. They photograph much greener when peeled. Fyi

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      June 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Thanks Kerry! You are right, I didn’t peel all the beans as some were tender and some had rough shells. However, while eating I felt that it would have been better to peel all the beans.

  • easyfoodsmith
    June 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Mustard sriracha aioli sounds amazing with these delicious looking tacos. A very tempting recipe indeed.

  • Pia
    June 9, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Beans, then, must be a taste that develops with age – I started enjoying beans much later too. Aar eta toh darun hobe, bojhai jachhe; the flavours sound so good! I love sriracha, and I’m always making aioli…I’ll keep this in mind for the next batch.

  • carey
    June 9, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Wow, mustard sriracha aioli. That’s pretty much my dream sauce!

    I was the same way with beans for a long time. I’ve come around to many of them (garbanzos are practically a staple in my diet nowadays), but I’ve actually never tried fava beans. Spicy seafood tacos loaded up with cilantro totally scream summer to me. I don’t get to eat seafood all that often these days, since the fresh stuff flown in from Boston costs a bazillion dollars. But it’s a great treat every now and then! These tacos will definitely need to happen this summer. (:

  • jehanne
    June 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    You make even the simplest mustard and curry leaves look so exquisite, Kankana! Simply love your styling, and the gorgeous dishes you display here..this is where I keep coming to for inspiration!

  • Joyti
    June 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I’ve gotten into beans very recently myself – like you not head over heels but more interested.
    The mustard sriracha aioli sounds especially amazing though! Yum!!
    And your photos are gorgeous, beautiful shots and amazing styling.

  • Mallika
    June 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I may be a vegetarian Kankana, but that doesnt stop me from drooling over your pics! Beautiful as usual!

  • Lan | morestomach
    Lan | morestomach
    June 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    like you, beans are slowly being incorporated into my diet. i *know* they’re good for me and with proper preparation, super easy to prepare.
    this entire ensemble looks delectable but i must confess that the sauce is what’s got my heart going pitter patter. i’m a condiment/sauce whore and this has to be make its way into my life soon.

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    June 12, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Shrimp tacos are one of my summer favorites! We often use beans in taco, but never with fava beans. I can imagine its wonderful bites in taco. This is definitely another exciting take from your kitchen, Kankana. Love the use of fresh curry leaves – they just lend so much flavor that cannot be replaced.

  • Meeta
    June 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    WOnderful flavors. Unlike you I love fava beans (and most legumes) and we love our shrimp tacos here too. I have one on the harddrive waiting to be posted and this just reminded me!

  • hetal
    June 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    beautiful recipe and nice clicks…..

  • Des
    July 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Mustard sriracha aioli?! Hold me.

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