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Ful Medames

Ful Medames is a popular Middle Eastern breakfast recipe that's made with cooked fava beans and cumin, then topped with a garlicky, lemon olive oil sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 487kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


Sauce for topping


  • Pour the fava beans and the chickpeas together into a colander to drain. Rinse the beans in cold water.
  • Transfer the rinsed, drained beans to a medium saucepan over medium heat, and add 1 and half cups of cold water. Season with cumin and kosher salt.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer uncovered for 20 minutes until most of the water is absorbed, smashing occasionally with the back of a wooden spoon to get the desired consistency.
  • Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
  • When the beans and chickpeas are done cooking, serve the sauce on top or next to the ful medames. You can have stir half the sauce with the bean mixture and serve the other half on the side.
  • Serve with fresh parsley on top along with warm pita, tomatoes and radishes.


Storage: Ful medames can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Add a little water to it when reheating to get the desired consistency.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1499mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 4mg