Foul Mudammas is a traditoinal Egyptian dish which is commonly eaten for breakfast along with a pita bread and cut veggies. It’s made with fava beans. This is one of my favorite dishes, although I don’t normally eat it for breakfast. The way I make it, and serve it, is not 100% traditional. I don’t use nearly as much olive oil, I add a tomato just before taking it off the heat and I don’t always mash the beans because I love the look of the intact fava beans. I usually serve it over brown rice along with a steamed veggie. The rice I have used above is called “red cargo rice”, it is similar to brown rice but, as the name implies, it is more reddish in color. It also cooks faster than brown rice, needing only about 30 minutes cooking time. In the picture above, I’ve served the foul mudammas with a side of steamed broccoli sprinkled with a bit of lemon juice and a few pine nuts. This is a really fast and tasty meal, especially if you use canned fava beans. :O)
- 28 oz. can fava beans, drained (reserve liquid)
- 2 Tbls. olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic minced (to taste)
- 1-2 Tbls. lemon juice (to taste)
- 1 tsp. cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1-2 chopped fresh tomatoes
- handful fresh parsley chopped
In a large skillet heat the olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until soft and beginning to color. Add the cumin, salt and beans along with a bit of the bean liquid, stir through and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, with lid. Add more liquid as needed. If you want to give your beans a quick mash, now is the time, you don’t have to mash them all, this just gives a creamier texture, more like refried beans, sometimes I mash, sometimes I don’t. Now add the lemon juice and stir through, add the parsley and stir through, finally add the chopped tomatoes and stir through, heat together for about 30 seconds to mingle flavors, but don’t overcook your tomatoes. Serve over rice or with pita bread.
Variations: you can add a small fresh chopped chili pepper; use cilantro instead of parsley; use chickpeas instead of fava beans or use one can chickpeas and one can fava beans.
Fava beans: These can be hard to find in conventional gorcery stores, some may carry them though so have a look. Don’t forget to check in the ethnic food section of your grocery store. Any store stocking Middle Eastern ingredients will have them. You might even find canned fava beans with “Foul Mudammas” printed right on the label, get these if you find them, the beans are a bit smaller and more tender. If you can’t find fava beans, give chickpeas a try!