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Ful Medames (Fava Bean Dip)
Contributed by: Lana BelushkovaAdded: Mar 10, 2009 at 12:02 AM


This is perfect recipe to prepare when you don't have a lot of time. I like it on top of cucumbers and radishes, as well as on toast or pita. It's a breakfast dish in Saudi Arabia and other Mideastern countries, but it makes a great appetizer, too.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cans or (3 cups reconstituted) small fava beans, rinsed and drained, boiled 5 to 7 minutes, rinsed again!
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or red chili pepper (omit if not allowed!)
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parsley or cilantro, chopped
How to make it:
  1. Saute the onion and garlic in 2 to 3 teaspoons of olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet for about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the fava beans, cumin, and red pepper.
  3. Cook on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and mash the fava beans lightly, right in the skillet, until most of the beans are mashed.
  5. Scoop into a serving bowl, and mix in the lemon juice, olive oil and parsley.
  6. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, or any veggies you like.
  7. Serve with warm pita bread or toast.