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Egyptian Style Ful Medames


Last Week, the My Islamic Life Page over on Facebook reached 250 likes.

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So, as promised – another recipe!

Today, I’m thinking of something savoury and simple.  Egyptian Style Beans.  Now, I don’t know how other Egyptian families make their beans, but when my sister-in-law came to visit us, this is how she taught me and this is how Khaled eats it.

2 cans of beans – I use an equal amount of Fava and Chickpeas

2T Olive Oil + more to taste

2t Salt



2T Cumin

Bunch of Parsley (Flat or Curly) Rinsed

1/2 Sweet Onion (or 3 Green Onion)

1 Big Tomato

I drain the water off of the chickpeas and pour them into a deep frying pan.  I rinse that goopy liquid off of the fava beans and then add them to the same pan.  Smash the beans with the back of a wooden spoon until it looks like refried beans.  Then, turn on the heat to medium, add olive oil until the beans are easy to stir around (about 2T.)  Add approximately 2t of salt, use more or less depending on your taste.  Add cumin – again, adjust to taste.

Now, at this point, the ful may be difficult to stir.  Add enough warm water until they move around easily in the pan.  You are just warming everything so the flavors meld together.

Finely Dice the Tomato, Onion and Parsley.

After everything is warm, turn off the heat, stir in the fresh ingredients and then squirt some lemon over the top.  Maybe add a little Olive Oil to taste.

We eat this with Pita Bread, Feta Cheese or Gibna Rumi if you can find it.

Guess what else?  Yesterday, I ordered our Eid Abayas!!! Oh yeah, I’m 2 steps ahead of the game this year.  I can’t wait to tell you about them.

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