Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Keywords: Egyptian Fava Bean Stew, Ful Medames, Vegan Recipes, Tahini Dressing
My Fava Bean Stew Recipe Notes
I dated an Egyptian guy for a total of 5 minutes back in 2020, and while that didn't last long, this dish he made me was a keeper! It is a staple breakfast dish in Egypt, and in Arabic it is called "ful medames" A stew of mashed fava beans, tomato, onion, garlic & cumin. There are variations to the recipe, but this is how it was prepared for me, and what I recreated at home. A simple tahini sauce gets drizzled over the fava bean stew before serving. (I like lots) Add a sprinkle of parsley to garnish, and plenty of warm pita bread along side for scooping. I love simple food and this delicious stew is something I can whip up even when I don't feel like cooking. To serve beside, I made a simple chopped Egyptian salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, carrot & fresh herbs called "Salata Baladi". I will share below roughly what I put in it. Not an exact recipe, but you don't really need one. It's the easiest thing ever.
Ful Medames History & Customs
Ful medames is a versatile dish that can be served in many different ways, depending on local customs and personal preference. Some people like to eat it as a simple and hearty breakfast, while others prefer to dress it up with additional ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and parsley.
The history of ful medames dates back thousands of years, and it is believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, where it was a popular food for the Pharaohs and their armies. Over time, ful medames spread throughout the Middle East and became a staple food for the people of the region, where it remains a popular dish to this day.
Fava Beans Nutrition
Fava beans (also known as broad beans) are a type of legume that are a good source of various nutrients, including:
This dressing shared in the recipe is one I use in my chickpea shawarma pita wraps, and on my falafel. I don't always make it for this dish, sometimes I just add tahini to a bowl and whisk in olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Or if you want you can easily just use straight up tahini spooned over the fava bean dish. Easy to have some lemon wedges, and olive oil along side for drizzling if you feel like it needs it. This dressing takes the guess work out of it if you aren't comfortable just going at it without some guide lines!
Recipe: Salata Baladi
When I was doing a bit of quick research for this salad, I noticed some recipes approach it differently. The most complicated one was grating tomatoes along with the chopped tomatoes, adding cubbed ice to get it super cold. I forget what else but all of that made my brain hurt. I understand the concept of the grated tomato, as the goal was to create more juice in this salad. As I learned the liquid at the bottom of the salad is actually a coveted component called the "whiskey". (not THAT kind of whiskey). It's served at Kebab restaurants in Egypt, and the idea is you eat the salad, and drink the delicious marinade. (the whiskey). So, with that being said, from experience I know without adding extra grated tomato, a chopped salad like this will release lots of juices by itself. I saw some recipes that were the same as I am sharing, so I can't speak to what is most authentic. What I can say is, it's a really delicious simple accompaniment to the fava bean stew, and obviously would be great along other Middle Eastern spiced foods.
Also it should be noted the ingredients listed below aren't the only ones I saw in other recipes. Some use different peppers like jalapeno or chili peppers for heat, some add bell peppers along with cucumber & tomato and not all of recipes included carrot.
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