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Ful Medames

Foul Mudammas or Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans) is a creamy, rich, and hearty recipe that's brightened with a generous drizzle of peppery olive oil, fresh vegetables, and herbs. It's a traditional breakfast dish in Egypt and the Levant area of the Middle East, and it's typically served as part of a spread along with fresh vegetables and flatbread.
Course Breakfast, Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 318kcal


  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounce can fava beans sometimes called broad beans or foul mudammas, with liquid
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • 1/2 small onion minced
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon wedged


  • Crush the garlic in a mortar and pestle with the salt.
  • Bring the fava beans (with liquid), chickpeas, and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Turn off heat and use the back of a spoon to mash some of the beans (about 1/2 cup) against the side of the pot.
  • Stir in the garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Transfer the beans to 1 large or 4 small serving dishes; drizzle on the olive oil and arrange the tomato, onion, and parsley on top in a decorative way.
  • Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze on top.



Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg