Ful Medames is an Egyptian Fava Bean recipe that is seasoned with ground cumin, chopped garlic & coriander leaves, served with extra virgin olive oil, and topped with chopped parsley. It is a popular staple food in Egypt and is considered their national dish.
When I was living in the Middle East (Kuwait & Jordan) as a kid, I had the chance to try many delicious Arabic cuisines. What I’ve learned there is that they serve many kinds of vegetarian dishes that are eaten mostly during breakfast and dinner.
You will notice that we have so many kinds of healthy vegetarian dishes such as falafel, hummus, tahini, and baba ganoush.
In this post, I will like to share with you one of my favorite healthy breakfast dishes called Ful Medames.
What is Ful Medames?
Ful Medames or Foul Medames is a vegan dish that is made using a type of broad bean called fava bean. Unlike Kidney or Black beans, the Fava bean has a nutty and buttery flavor with a creamy texture. It is rich in fiber, iron, and protein which makes it a perfect healthy breakfast dish. But you can also serve this during dinner if you like which I learned from my Jordanian relatives.
This Egyptian Fava Bean dip is similar to other Arabian dip dishes such as Baba Ganoush or Hummus and the texture is similar. This is best to serve with pita bread or kuboos.
This is actually a simple recipe to make since you are only using a prepared fava bean canned which I bought from a Middle Eastern grocery store.
Here are my recipe ingredients I used to make a Foul Medames:
Fava Bean: I am using a canned fava bean the brand is California Garden. It would not matter which brand as long as it is a Fava Bean.
Herbs and Spices: To enhance the flavor of this dish, you will need ground cumin, paprika, coriander leaves, and garlic.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: I use this oil when sauteing the red onion, garlic, and fava bean, and when drizzling it before serving.
Water: To make the texture of this Egyptian Fava Bean creamy, I added ½ to 1 cup of water. But if you don’t like a bit thick or less water, you can add ½ cup only.
Topping: When serving, I like to top it with chopped parsley. It is just optional but I think it gives a good presentation of this dish.
Step by Step Instruction
Firstly, I added extra virgin olive oil to the pan. Once hot, I added the chopped garlic and red onion. Stir for a few minutes before adding the fava beans and water.
So that it can have a creamy and soft texture, I use a potato masher to mash the fava beans but not all of them. After that, I added different spices including ground cumin, chopped coriander leaves, and paprika.
Lastly, before serving, I topped it with chopped parsley and drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil.
What serve this with?
My Jordanian relatives usually serve this during breakfast or dinner and we tend to eat it with other meze dishes. This includes hummus, scrambled egg, aubergine dip, falafel, different cheeses, and salad. Of course, a meze platter is not complete if you don’t have pita bread or kuboos.
Variation and Tips
- If you want to make it spicy, you can add green pepper or chili pepper.
- This Egyptian Fava Bean can last up to 5 days when stored in the fridge.
- You can add sumac or lemon juice for a mild acidic taste
- To make the texture creamier, you can add tahini to the fava bean.
Other recipes to try
Here are other delicious Meze dishes to try
📋 Recipe Card
Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Bean)
- 450 grams Fava Bean (1 whole can)
- 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 chopped small onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
- ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoons paprika
- 1 cup water
- salt & black pepper for Taste
- Add olive oil to the pan. Once hot, add chopped garlic and red onion. Stir for a few minutes or until it turns translucent.
- Add the fava bean and water. Stir to mix and then mashed the beans using the potato masher.
- Let it simmer for 2 minutes. Add more water if needed
- Add ground cumin, paprika, and coriander leaves. Mix to stir
- Add salt and black pepper for taste
- When serving on the plate, topped it with chopped parsley and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with pita bread.
- If you want it spicy, add green chili pepper
- If the texture is not creamy, you will need more water
I HAVE to try this! I've never had fava beans like this before, and it looks so good. I love the flavors here.
Saif Al Deen Odeh
Thank you Beth 🙂
Flavorful and delicious recipe to try. SOmething new. Thanks for sharing
I am loving the flavors of cumin, garlic & coriander in these beans. They sound absolutely fabulous. Looking forward to trying them.
Saif Al Deen Odeh
This is so incredibly flavorful and refreshing! Thank you so much for this lovely and vibrant recipe 🙂
This was sooo flavorful and delicious! This was definitely a different dish in my house but I'm so glad we tried it.