Flavorful Ful Medames: An Egyptian Dish of Fava Beans and Spices

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Ful medames is a popular Egyptian dish that is made with fava beans, cumin, and a variety of spices. It is a healthy and satisfying dish that is often served for breakfast or as a snack.

Ful medames is a staple, comforting dish widely enjoyed across the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in Egypt. Often served as a hearty breakfast, it’s a delectable blend of fava beans (also known as broad beans), onion, garlic, oil, and cumin.

Numerous regions and even cities have their own unique variations of ful. Some incorporate a richer spice mixture featuring turmeric, cardamom, and ginger, while others add a refreshing touch with lemon juice and fresh mint. This recipe presents a classic Egyptian take on ful, offering a versatile base that can be customized with various toppings and additions.

Flavorful Ful Medames: An Egyptian Dish of Fava Beans and Spices

Ful medames is an Egyptian dish that is made with fava beans, onions, garlic, and spices. The dish is often served with pita bread or vegetables.

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Cook Time 30 min Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4



  1. Drain and rinse fava beans

  2. In a large pot, cover fava beans with water and bring to a boil. 

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, or until fava beans are tender. 

  4. Drain fava beans and set aside.

  5. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. 

  6. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. 

  7. Stir in cumin, paprika, coriander, and cayenne pepper. 

  8. Cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. 

  9. Add cooked fava beans and stir to combine. 

  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  11. Serve hot with pita bread or vegetables.

Keywords: fava beans, onions, garlic, spices, pita bread, vegetables

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