Alexandrian-style fuul

Alexandrian-style fuul

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Cairo Kitchen
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Jonathan Gregson

Fuul medames, or simply fuul, is a traditional Egyptian dish of cooked fava beans. It is usually mashed and served with olive oil and lemon juice and sometimes topped with chopped parsley. Different cities in Egypt season their fuul differently and the Alexandrians are known to spice up their dishes with chillies.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
500g canned fava beans, drained and the liquid reserved
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
baladi breads
handful rocket
spring onions
lemon wedges
red chillies

Method

  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and onion and sauté over a medium heat in the oil until soft, but not browned.
  2. Add the tomato and cook for about 3 minutes until it softens. Add the fava beans, cumin and chilli powder. Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until heated through, adding some of the reserved fava bean liquid to prevent the mixture drying out and stirring a little to mash. Season to taste.
  3. Pour into a serving dish and top with the lemon juice, fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve hot with baladi breads, rocket, spring onions, lemon wedges and red chillies.
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