Ful Medames

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The Shopping List

  • Can of Fava Beans (available at your not-that-friendly neighborhood Middle-Eastern store. Yes, there is one in your ‘hood, you just haven’t been paying attention)
  • Pita bread (available at Middle-Eastern store)
  • Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste) (again, Middle-Eastern store)
  • Spices (Cumin, Coriander, Chili, Turmeric)
  • Eggs (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh lime for garnish (optional)

    The Recipe

  • Finely chop 2 onions, Mince some garlic cloves
  • Fry onions, garlic till golden brown
  • Add tomato paste (or finely chopped fresh tomato)
  • Add ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric powder
  • Fry some more
  • Add canned Fava beans
  • Add enough water
  • Add salt, red chili powder
  • Bring to a boil, and cook on high heat for ~ 5 minutes
  • Simmer on low heat for ~ 10 minutes
  • Mash some beans. Leave some whole
  • Delicious Ful Medames is ready to eat
  • Top off the Beans with a couple of hard-boiled Eggs
  • Garnish with Cilantro, Lime, Olive Oil
  • The traditional recipe calls to garnish with Tahini. But I really don’t care for the taste of Tahini
  • Eat with fresh Pita bread
  • This is traditionally a breakfast item. But don’t let that stop you from eating this for Lunch or Dinner.
  • Why is an Indian dude making a Egyptian breakfast recipe? Good Question! Because I saw it on TV (Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations). It looked so inviting, that I had to try it.

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