Recipe Review

Ancient Egyptian Recipe: Ful Medammes

published Jun 27, 2008
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Recently we bought a package of dried fava beans and made this delicious recipe that goes back thousands of years in Egypt.

Ful medammes is a dish made of fava beans marinated in lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. The dish is a popular street food in Egypt and is traditionally served for breakfast, smeared on pita bread slices with some hard boiled eggs. It’s very flavorful and filling.

1 lb. dried fava beans
3/4 clove garlic, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley

Boil fava beans for 1 to 2 hours over medium heat or until tender. Drain water. Add salt, lemon juice, and garlic. Mix well. Pour in bowl and garnish with parsley and olive oil. If desired, garnish with pickled onions and sliced hard boiled eggs.

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