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Foul Mdamas (Fava beans)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 -2


  • 1 can of foul and chickpeas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A good pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A good squeeze of lemon
  • A good drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • A few sprigs of parsley to garnish


  1. Open a can of foul and rinse the beans
  2. Add the foul to a small pot and cover with water
  3. Heat up for five minutes under medium heat
  4. Meanwhile in a wide bowl, add the salt and bash the garlic clove with a pestle
  5. Add the cumin and lemon and mix all together
  6. When heated, drain 3/4 of the foul water into a mug. You may need to re add some water if it is too dry
  7. Lightly beat some of the foul beans with the pestle so some are squished and some are not
  8. Pour the foul mix into the bowl with the garlic, lemon and cumin
  9. Stir and adjust the salt if necessary
  10. Spoon the foul into a small terracotta bowl if you have one and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top
  11. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and parsley.
  12. Serve with flat breads and a small side plate of pickles, sliced tomatoes, mint, olives, radishes and cucumber