Ful Medames – Vegetarian Fava Bean Stew

10 mins
13 mins
Ful Medames is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes to make! My mom taught me how to make her recipe when I first moved out for college. It's a very affordable dish to make and packed with flavor!
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Ful Medames – Vegetarian Fava Bean Stew

Ful Medames

Ful Medames is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes to make! My mom taught me how to make her recipe when I first moved out for college. It's a very affordable dish to make and packed with flavor!

Ful Medames is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes to make! My mom taught me how to make her recipe when I first moved out for college. It's a very affordable dish to make and packed with flavor!

10 mins
13 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz can fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 whole green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pita bread
  • extra lemon juice
  • chopped parsley or cilantro

Instructions

  1. Drain the can of fava beans and rinse well.
  2. In a pot over medium heat, add the olive oil along with the garlic and green onions. Cook down for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add rinsed fava beans, water, cumin, paprika, salt, and dried parsley. Mix together.
  4. Simmer for a few minutes just until the fava beans soften.
  5. Mash about half of the beans, leaving some chunks.
  6. Optional: If too much water evaporates and you like a thinner consistency, add more water to preference.
  7. Add the chopped cilantro and lemon. Mix again.
  8. Transfer to a plate or bowl. Top it off with more olive oil and serve!
5 based on 7 reviews

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One of my favourite meals. It’s something my mom used to make for me for not only breakfast, but lunch too. ?

Hi Hajar! Love this. How do we get that nice oil separation? My water was murky despite rinsing the beans so not sure what happened. Then kinda just cooked the liquid away until dry. Help! Thanks.

Amazing recipe! I remember having this while I was in Saudia at a hotel! Brought back so many good memories Alhamdulilah! ❤️

Very yummy and easy to make! Used lima beans instead of fava beans and it was still very good!

Super tasty! I substituted for lima beans as well, and it turned out great! Very easy to make as well.

This is one of the best ful medames recipes out there. It’s so quick and easy to make and yet the dish is full of deep flavours. I can’t believe I can just make this whenever I want and it turns out delicious every time. Outstanding! *chef’s kiss*

Hi Lamia! Thank you for the sweetest feedback. It’s my mom’s recipe so this makes me so happy that you loved it.

This was so savory and yummy. My meat eaters even liked it. Definitely a new go to recipe for my family. We couldn’t find fava beans and substituted Lima beans and it was absolutely delicious.

Still sounds amazing even with Lima beans! So happy it was a hit

I loooove ful mudames, and I’m wondering if kumato tomatoes can be used in place of the green tomatoes? I love your recipes so much.

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