This is a stew of cooked fava beans made with vegetable oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper, and other vegetables, herb, and spice ingredients. It is a staple food in Egypt but is also common in the cuisines of Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Libya, and other Arab and Middle Eastern countries. It is commonly eaten for breakfast.
Remnants of Ful Medames were uncovered in a number of 12th Dynasties (1991-1786 B.C.) Pharaonic tombs in Egypt. Although its origins are uncertain, Fava beans have been cultivated in Egypt for over 8,000 years. Ful Medames was exported to other parts of the Arab world as well as North African countries from Egypt. Each of these countries may differ in the way they prepare this dish – for example in Ethiopia the stew is eaten with Injera (Ethiopian flatbread) instead of pita bread. Low in calories and high in protein, Ful Medames is a delicious, healthy breakfast alternative to get your morning started. Fava beans alone contain many nutrients such as fibre to aid digestion and iron, zinc, magnesium, and many more.
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In Egypt, this dish is enjoyed at any time of the day and is sold from street markets to high-end restaurants. It is enjoyed by all and is embedded into the Egyptian culture.
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