Ful medames (mashed fava beans with cumin)

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Ful medames (mashed fava beans with cumin)

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Adjust Servings:
1 can Fava beans
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 tablespoon Garlic paste
1 teaspoon Cumin
2 tablespoons Tahini paste
2 tablespoons juiced Lemon
To taste Salt and pepper Keep in mind that fava beans will enhance salty flavor
To garnish:
4 Cherry tomatoes
2 teaspoons Olive oil

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  • Gluten-Free
  • Keto
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Low FODMAP
  • Low-Carb
  • Low-Fat
  • Paleo

This Egyptian dish is as simple as is delicious: canned fava beans are cooked in garlic, cumin, and tahini paste. Then, they’re mashed and seasoned.

  • 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy


  • To garnish:



Ful medames is a typical Egyptian dish that is widely popular in all the Mediterranean. It’s made with fava beans cooked with cumin and garlic, and then topped with fresh chopped vegetables (typically tomatoes or onions). Using canned fava beans makes this dish very quick and easy to prepare.

To prepare ful medames, cook the oil, garlic and cumin. Then, add the canned fava beans and their water, and tahini sauce. As the water thickens, take off the heat, transfer to a salad bowl, ad lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Roughly mash the beans and serve, topped with diced tomato and a drizzle of olive oil.


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10 minutes

Cook the fava beans

Heat the olive oil in a skillet together with the garlic paste and cumin. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the fava beans and their water. Add the tahini paste, and cook for 6-8 minutes until the liquid thickens. Take off the heat.

3 minutes

Mash the beans

Add the lemon juice, the season with salt and pepper. Mix well, then mash it roughly.

2 minutes

Prepare the topping and serve

Rinse a few cherry tomatoes and chop them. Transfer the fava beans to the serving plates, top with the chopped tomatoes, then drizzle with a little olive oil.
Serve and enjoy, warm or cold!


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