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Ful Medames

Ful Medames - an Egyptian breakfast dish made with cooked and mashed fava beans.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Egyptian, Middle-Eastern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 800 gms – 28 oz. canned Ful Medames cooked fava beans
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 100 gms – 1/3 cup Tahini sauce
  • 1 lemon juiced (you can add more if you like)
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • Some cold water for the Tahini sauce
  • 25 gms – 1/2 cup cilantro coriander, chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on the top


  1. In a small pan, cook the ful (including its canning water) on high heat, when it boils, simmer for a few minutes letting some of the water evaporate. Mash it a bit with a potato masher leaving some of the fava beans whole.
  2. Take it off the heat and add the tomatoes.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the tahini, garlic, salt, lemon juice and enough cold water to get the consistency of liquid cream.
  4. Add the tahini mixture to the ful, then add ¾ of the cilantro and green onions.
  5. Pour the mixture in a serving plate, top it with the remaining cilantro and green onions (you can add some hot red peppers if you like, I used some extra tomatoes for a contrast in color).
  6. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Recipe Notes

Mine came out a bit too runny, so make sure to boil the ful a bit longer, so it thickens up more.