Delicious fava beans paste.

Think of a delicious paste that's made from a highly nutritious legume. Now imagine delicious spices, mouthful flavors, and on top of that, easy to make and extremely affordable? Ok, I present to you foul medames, a delicious middle eastern spread called foul medames that's going to change your life!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!


• 250G of frozen fava beans (see note about canned fava beans)
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
• 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce (optional)
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tablespoon of coriander
• 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
• 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper powder
• Salt to taste
• 1/2 cup of water
• Lemon juice
• Harissa paste to taste
• 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 red onion, minced
• 1/2 tomato, minced
• 2 inches worth of cucumber, minced
• Sumac (optional)
• Fresh parsley


  • 1.
    Add the fava beans to a pressure cooker, add enough water to generously cover the fava beans, set the cooking time for the option “beans”.
  • 2.
    NOTE: If you’re using canned cooked fava beans you can skip this step.
  • 3.
    Meanwhile, prepare the foul medames sauce:
  • 4.
    Add olive oil to a pot, set the flame to medium, and when hot, add the spices, let them sizzle for a few seconds. Be very careful not to burn the spices since they are very delicate.
  • 5.
    Add the minced onions, add a splash of water and sauté the onions for a few minutes.
  • 6.
    Add the garlic, stir for 40 seconds, then add the tomatoes, the optional tomato sauce, another splash of water, and salt.
  • 7.
    Let the sauce cook on a lower flame, add water occasionally if needed.
  • 8.
    Once the fava beans are cooked, drain them and add them to the sauce, then let them cook for a few minutes in the sauce so the flavors properly incorporate.
  • 9.
    Turn off the heat, and with the help of a potato masher, mash the fava beans, then add the olive oil, the harissa paste, lemon juice and adjust the salt, if needed.
  • 10.
    Transfer the foul to a serving plate, garnish it with the onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, sumac, and a drizzle of olive oil.
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