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Monday, 6 July 2009

Ancient Egyptian Recipe: Protien Packed Ful Medames

Ful Medames (Egyptian fava beans) is an ancient traditional Egyptian recipe with origins dating back to the time of the pharaohs and now eaten as a regular dish by almost everyone in Egypt and neighbouring countries. It makes for a delicious protein packed vegie breakfast and can be served with pitta bread and/or a fried egg. While I was growing up, this was a regular take-away dish from the local food shops and we used to eat it using large pitta bread slices to "scoop" and our hands only. I feel eating with hands only is such a spiritual experience and way of being connected to food!

I have been looking for new recipes to top-up my level of proteins, so I was glad to find this recipe online...

1 1/2 lbs of dried fava beans or broad beans
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin

(My tip: You can also add other herbs/spices to your taste - such as parsley, cayenne, red chili pepper etc. Sliced onions and tomatoes can be added for extra flavour too)

Soak beans overnight in water.

Drain, and cover with fresh water in large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until beans are tender. Drain and place in medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Beans and remaining ingredients can be mashed together, or the beans can be left whole and gently mixed with remaining ingredients. It is more commonly served mashed together.

Serve hot with a fried egg and pita bread.

Don't have time to make ful yourself? Ful is sold as a canned good in Middle Eastern and North African grocers.

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