We love to share recipes of various Afro multicultural cuisines, to celebrate the rich and delicious variety of food from the motherland and the motherland diaspora. This week on our Afro Cuisine recipe is called Ful Medames. It is another #TastyThursday and we want you to savor a taste of Africa. You can search for the ingredients in African stores around you; or better still take a trip to Africa and give your tastebuds a treat.
Ful medames is a staple, comfort food served across the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Egypt. It is often eaten for breakfast. A blend of fava beans, onion, garlic, oil, and cumin.
However Multiple countries, and even some cities, have their own versions of ful. Sometimes a heavier spice mixture with turmeric, cardamom, and ginger is added and some folks serve it with lemon juice and fresh mint.
This delicious ful medames recipe (also called foul mudammas and foule mudammes) is filling, comforting, rich, and delicious. It is a fabulous dish of fava beans, onions, and spices that are simmered until tender and then blended. This recipe is a standard Egyptian recipe.
Ingredients For Ful Medames
- Canned fava beans
- Canned chickpeas
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
- Bring the fava beans (with liquid), chickpeas, and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Turn off heat and mash some of the beans (about 1/2 cup) against the side of the pot.
- Stir in the garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and black pepper.
- Transfer the beans to 1 large or 4 small serving dishes; drizzle on the olive oil and arrange the tomato, onion, and parsley decoratively on top.
- Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze on top.
- You can skip the chickpeas and use double the amount of fava beans.
- Add some spicy heat with 1 or 2 minced jalapenos added at the same time as the garlic. Garnish with sliced jalapeno. Or add cayenne pepper instead!
- Make it smoky with up to 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
Recipe from AnedibleMosaic