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The Rich Flavors of Egypt- Egyptian Ful Medames Recipe

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Introduction to Egyptian Ful Medames: Experience the rich flavors of Egypt with Ful Medames, a traditional dish made from slow-cooked fava beans. This hearty and nutritious dish is a staple of Egyptian cuisine and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Seasoned with cumin, garlic, and olive oil, and often served with warm pita bread, Ful Medames offers a delicious and satisfying culinary journey into the heart of Egypt.


  • 2 cups dried fava beans
  • 4-6 cups water (for soaking)
  • 6 cups water (for cooking)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh parsley, diced tomatoes, diced onions, hard-boiled eggs, tahini sauce
  • Pita bread, for serving


Step 1: Soaking the Fava Beans

  1. Rinse the dried fava beans thoroughly under cold water.
  2. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover them with 4-6 cups of water. Allow them to soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. This will help soften the beans and reduce the cooking time.

Step 2: Cooking the Fava Beans

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked beans.
  2. In a large pot, combine the soaked beans and 6 cups of water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and let the beans cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until they are tender and easily mashable.
  4. As the beans cook, check occasionally and add more water if needed to keep the beans submerged.

Step 3: Seasoning the Ful Medames

  1. Once the beans are tender, drain any excess water.
  2. In the same pot, add the minced garlic, ground cumin, olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Mash the beans with a potato masher or the back of a spoon while stirring, until the mixture becomes creamy and well combined.
  4. Adjust the seasoning to your taste by adding more salt or cumin if desired.

Step 4: Serving

  1. Transfer the seasoned Ful Medames to serving plates or bowls.
  2. Create a well in the center of each portion and drizzle a little extra olive oil on top.
  3. Serve the Ful Medames with warm pita bread for dipping and scooping.
  4. For added flavor and texture, you can top the dish with chopped fresh parsley, diced tomatoes, diced onions, hard-boiled eggs, or a drizzle of tahini sauce.


  • If you’re short on time, you can use canned fava beans. Just be sure to rinse and drain them before using.
  • Adjust the consistency of the dish by adding more water or cooking for a longer time if you prefer a creamier texture.
  • Experiment with additional toppings and garnishes to tailor the dish to your taste.
  • Ful Medames can be enjoyed as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner dish.

Cooking Time:

  • Soaking time: 8 hours or overnight
  • Cooking time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the type and age of the beans. The goal is to achieve a tender and easily mashable consistency.

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