Traditional Ful Medames

Prepared with fava beans, garlic and olive oil, this popular Egyptian appetizer has gone global.


  1. 2 cups canned fava beans
  2. 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  3. 8 tablespoons lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  7. For garnishing:
  8. 1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped


  1. Drain and wash the beans, then heat them in a large pan with some water.

  2. Once hot, transfer the beans along with the water into a medium bowl and mash slightly with a fork.

  3. In another bowl, mix the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil with salt and cumin. Pour the dressing over the fava beans and mix well.

  4. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

  5. Serve warm with pita bread, tomato slices and onion wedges.

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