Easy Ful Medammes Recipe

Bowl of Fuul, a traditional Egyptian dish of pureed fava beans
Bowl of Ful, a traditional Egyptian dish of pureed fava beans. Getty Images/Clive Streeter
Ratings (4)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
127 Calories
4g Fat
18g Carbs
6g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you enjoy hummus, you will like ful, a Middle Eastern fava bean dip reminiscent of the better-known spread made with chickpeas. The traditional way to enjoy it is scooped up with warm pita bread for breakfast, though it can be eaten at any time of day. This recipe is super simple -- no boiling of dried beans required!


  • 1 can of fava beans
  • 1 teaspon minced garlic (or 2 cloves finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional garnish: parsley (finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a saucepot, combine fava beans (with liquid), minced garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

  2. Drain excess liquid and coarsely mash fava beans with fork. Return to low heat. Add tahini and salt. Add water and olive oil, one tablespoon at a time, and stir to desired consistency. Add more water or olive oil, if needed. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

  3. Serve ful for breakfast with hot pita bread.