Cook's Hideout: Ful Medames

September 26, 2015

Ful Medames

Buffet on Table: Breakfasts across Countries
Day 23: Middle East - Ful Medames
For the final day of this week's 'Buffet on Table -- Breakfasts', I have a Middle Eastern staple breakfast called Ful Medames or Foul Medammes. The name sure sounds strange, but it is a hearty and filling dish made with dried fava beans soft simmered with garlic and served with lemon and chopped herbs.
Foul Medammes
This dish has been on my to-make list for a very long time. I think I saw it for the first time on Vaishali's blog when she made the elaborate Egyptian breakfast last September. I was intrigued by the new bean and wanted to give it a try, it took me almost a year to make the dish.

Foul Medammes
Brown fava beans that are used to make this dish have a very earthy texture and a very meaty taste. As I was making this dish, I was thinking to myself that these beans would make a very good veggie burger. I have to look if someone already tried it.
Fava Beans

Ful Medames
Ful medames is a very simple to make dish. Only time consuming parts of the recipe are soaking the beans and cooking them. If these are done, then all that is left is mixing all the ingredients and serving. I served it with some pita wedges and it was definitely a filling breakfast that kept me going till the afternoon.

Recipe adapted from Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of Middle East:
Whole Fava Beans - 1cup
Tahini - 3~4tbsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Garlic cloves - 2~3, finely minced
Flat leaf Parsley - 3tbsp, finely chopped
Lemon juice - 1tbsp
Olive Oil - 1tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Rinse and soak fava beans overnight. Then drain and add enough water to cover about ½~1" above the beans and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pot and simmer for about 1½~2 hours or until the beans are tender. Alternately use your pressure cooker to cook the beans in fraction of the time.
  • Once cooked, drain them and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, tahini, cumin and garlic.
  • Serve warm garnished with the parsley and olive oil. 
Foul Medammes

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  1. I can have this nutritious ful medames for my Sunday brunch, yet to try this..Enjoyed ur breakfast series Pavani.

  2. Absolutely cool pictures of my favorite breakfast.i like the set up and the ful me dames has turned out so good that I am tempted to redo it..only I would have to call for fava beans again. Thanks for trying Pavani.

  3. Ful medames looks tempting.We loved it too.Your presentation is so so beautiful .I like your whole breakfast series .

  4. Enjoyed all your breakfast dishes... And this one with fava beans is absolutely delicious

  5. The pictures are so so clear and calling out..even I had bookmarked from Vaishali's but couldn't make it...enjoyed your series Pavani..

  6. never had fava beans . but looks a bit like peanuts with almost similar buttery texture.. beautiful clicks, as always :)

  7. Never used or tasted this bean before..Sounds tasty & asusual beautiful clicks.

  8. Loved your series. Great recipe to end with. Loved the clicks especially the beans alone.

  9. Beautiful pictures and ful medames looks delicious. I do not cook with fava beans that much but used them once to make falafel.

  10. Nice pics and looks delicious too.

  11. Wow! that is a new bean for me too. Must look for it. Very interesting.

  12. That is one hearty breakfast. Loved all your breakfast dishes.

  13. amazing pictures pavani...this looks so tempting...


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