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Ful Medames - Egyptian Fava Beans

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Ful Medames - Egyptian Fava Beans

Ful Medames

Saad Fayed
Ful medames is a popular breakfast dish in Egypt. It is usually served with a fried egg and pita bread. The pita bread is sometimes used as a scoop for the fava beans. Ful medames dates back to ancient Egypt.


  • 1 1/2 lbs of dried fava beans or broad beans
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin


Soak beans overnight in water.

Drain, and cover with fresh water in large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until beans are tender.

Drain and place in medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Beans and remaining ingredients can be mashed together, or the beans can be left whole and gently mixed with remaining ingredients. It is more commonly served mashed together.

Serve hot with a fried egg and pita bread.

Don't have time to make ful yourself? Ful is sold as a canned good in Middle Eastern grocers. Try it now!

Serves 4.
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 3 out of 5
, Member MaryMaryam

I'm sure the recipe is good but: I tried to make this now a few times, and everytime the color turns to grey-brown, and the taste is a little bit bitter. What must I do to keep this nice brown color like in your picture?

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