Mouth-Watering Egyptian Fava Bean Dip Recipe

Ahoy there, my fellow food enthusiasts! I am excited to share with you all a recipe that is not only delicious but also rich in nutrients – the Egyptian Fava Bean Dip, also known as Foul Mudammes. This dish is a staple in Egyptian cuisine, at its core being a flavorful mix of fava beans, spices, and herbs. As an Israeli chef who is passionate about Middle Eastern cuisine, I have personally crafted this recipe to bring a taste of exotic Egypt straight to your tastebuds.

Foul Mudammes is a perfect addition to any meal – whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its hearty texture and savory flavor make it versatile enough to suit any occasion. Whether you’re feeding a large group of friends or simply preparing it for your own enjoyment, trust me; this recipe will not disappoint.

Now lads and lassies, let’s get right into it and discover why this dish is worth adding into your recipe book.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes)
Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes)

Listen up y’all, because I’ve got a recipe that’s about to change your perception of bean dips. This Egyptian Fava Bean Dip, also known as Foul Mudammes, is a dish that will knock your tastebuds off your tongue and send them flying straight to flavor heaven. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist its delectable aroma and divine taste.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself “Fava beans? In a dip?” But let me tell you, those little beans are packed with so much wholesome goodness that once you try this dip, there’s no going back. The combination of lemon juice, garlic cloves, and olive oil infuse the fava beans with tangy and savory flavors that are sure to leave your mouth watering for more.

But wait, there’s more! This dip is not only delicious, but it’s also incredibly healthy. It contains no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors – only fresh ingredients that are nutritious and wholesome. And for my vegans out there – this recipe is completely vegan-friendly. So whether you’re health-conscious or just looking for an indulgent snack without the guilt, this Egyptian Fava Bean Dip is the perfect choice for you.

Not only does this recipe have an exotic flair that will have you feeling like you’re on a culinary adventure in the Middle East – it also pairs excellently with so many different dishes. Serve it as a side dish with grilled meats or veggies. Use it as a spread on sandwiches or wraps for a tasty twist on your usual meals. Or just sit down with a bag of pita chips and indulge in this amazing dip all by itself (I won’t tell anyone).

In conclusion, the reasons why you’ll love this recipe are endless – from its heavenly taste to its wholesome ingredients and versatility in serving options. So do yourself a favor and add this Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes) recipe to your list of go-to delicious snacks. Your taste buds (and maybe even your friends and family) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 A dollop of fava bean dip on a piece of pita is the perfect appetizer for any meal.
A dollop of fava bean dip on a piece of pita is the perfect appetizer for any meal.

Below is a complete list of ingredients needed to make this traditional Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes) recipe. Don’t worry, most of these ingredients are found in your local grocery store, and the rest can be easily found online or at your nearest Middle Eastern specialty store.


  • 2 cans plain fava beans (13 – 15 ounces each)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

If you’re making traditional Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes), it’s best to use dried fava beans as opposed to canned. However, if you’re in a rush like me, rely on canned fava beans. They work well and taste just as delicious!

The Recipe How-To

 Made with fresh fava beans and plenty of spices, this dip is a crowd-pleaser.
Made with fresh fava beans and plenty of spices, this dip is a crowd-pleaser.

Now it’s time to dive into the heart of the matter – the recipe itself. I like to start by gathering all of my ingredients and equipment, so I have everything within easy reach. For this recipe, you’ll need:


  • 2 cans plain fava beans (13-15 ounces each)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Cayenne or chili powder to taste (optional)


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large skillet or saucepan with a lid
  • Wooden spoon or spatula

Once you have everything assembled, it’s time to start cooking.

Step One: Saute the Aromatics

Begin by heating the oil in your skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic and saute until softened and fragrant.

Step Two: Add the Fava Beans and Tomatoes

Next, add the chopped tomato and fava beans to the skillet along with the cumin and salt. Stir everything together well.

Step Three: Simmer Until Tender

Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan. Allow the ful medames to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally as needed.

Step Four: Mash and Adjust Seasonings

Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the beans gently until they are broken down but not completely smooth. Add more salt or cumin as desired.

Step Five: Finish with Lemon Juice

Finally, stir in the lemon juice for some refreshing zing. Give everything one last stir before serving.

And there you have it – a delicious dip that pairs perfectly with pita bread, crudites or sandwiches!

Substitutions and Variations

 The creamy, protein-packed dip is perfect for snacking or entertaining.
The creamy, protein-packed dip is perfect for snacking or entertaining.

Well, if variety is the spice of life, then I am more than willing to spice things up when it comes to this Egyptian Fava Bean Dip recipe. If you’re feeling experimental or simply running low on some of the ingredients, here are some substitutions and variations that could add flavor and excitement to your dip:

– Fava beans: I know, I know…it’s called “Egyptian Fava Bean Dip” for a reason. But hear me out; if you don’t have access to dried fava beans or want to switch things up, you could use canned fava beans (make sure they are plain and not spiced), pinto beans, or chickpeas instead. You could also mix them up for a colorful and hearty dip.

– Spices: This recipe calls for turmeric, clove, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder, chili powder, and cayenne…that’s a whole lot of punchy spices! But if you don’t have one or two of them or simply can’t handle the heat, feel free to cut back or omit them entirely.

– Lemon juice: If you don’t have lemon juice on hand or prefer a different acidity level, you could substitute it with lime juice or white vinegar.

– Onion: The recipe asks for red onion but we know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Yellow onion, green onion, or shallot could also work well here.

– Garlic: Garlic is a bold player in this dish but can be overpowering for some people. If you’re not a fan of garlic breath, you could skip it altogether (although it would change the flavor profile) or use garlic powder instead.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to tweaking this recipe to your liking; what matters the most is that you enjoy the end result. So go ahead and let your taste buds lead the way!

Serving and Pairing

 Elevate your next gathering with a touch of Middle Eastern flavor.
Elevate your next gathering with a touch of Middle Eastern flavor.

Now that you have your creamy and flavor-packed fava bean dip, it’s time to serve and pair it up! This delicious dish is a staple in the Egyptian breakfast table, but it can be enjoyed anytime as a snack or an appetizer.

The traditional way of serving Foul Mudammes is by drizzling olive oil on top of the dip, then sprinkling cumin and paprika for added flavor and color. You may also add some diced tomatoes or red onions on top. Serve it with warm pita bread, toasted baguette slices or crispy crackers, whichever you prefer.

If you’re planning to make a full meal with Foul Mudammes as one of the dishes, consider pairing it with grilled meats or fish. The dip’s earthy flavor and texture perfectly match with the savory flavor of meats and fish. It can also be served as a side dish for Middle Eastern stews, soups, and salads.

For drinks, try serving Foul Mudammes with a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea. The drink’s citrusy tang complements the dip’s flavors well.

Fava bean dip is known for its health benefits, so not only will your taste buds be delighted but your overall well-being will benefit as well. Enjoy this dish alone or with company – either way, you’re in for a treat!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This fava bean dip is a twist on traditional hummus and sure to impress your guests.
This fava bean dip is a twist on traditional hummus and sure to impress your guests.

Now, let’s talk about the make-ahead, storing and reheating instructions for this Egyptian Fava Bean Dip!

If you’re planning on making this Foul Mudammes dip ahead of time, rest assured it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. You could also freeze the dip up to 3 months, but keep in mind that fava beans tend to retain their texture best in the fridge.

As for reheating, it’s best to warm up the bean dip over low heat in a saucepan or microwave it gently, adding a splash of water if necessary to thin out the consistency, until it’s heated through. Give it a stir before serving – this will help redistribute any spices or flavors that may have settled while chilling.

I should mention that if you’re planning to serve leftovers at room temperature as part of a mezze platter or snack board, don’t panic if it’s a bit thick. That’s perfectly normal – you can always add some extra olive oil or water if you prefer a looser consistency.

One final word of advice: while some recipes may be more forgiving when it comes to variations, with Foul Mudammes’ recipe, be sure not to skip soaking and cooking the dried beans! Not only is this essential for impeccable results flavor-wise and texture-wise, but uncooked fava beans can contain an amino acid that causes severe illness when eaten raw or undercooked.

Now all that’s left is plate presentation – have fun garnishing your foul mudammas dip with some finely chopped fresh parsley, tangy diced tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil or your favorite grains!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't let the simple ingredients fool you - this dip packs a flavorful punch.
Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you – this dip packs a flavorful punch.

When cooking Egyptian Fava Bean Dip, also known as Foul Mudammes, it’s all about reaching the perfect balance of flavors. That’s why I wanted to share some tips to help you make the most delicious dip possible.

First and foremost, make sure to cook the fava beans thoroughly. Whether you use canned or dried fava beans, you need to boil them long enough until they are soft and tender. This will ensure that the dip has a smoother consistency.

Additionally, seasoning is key. Don’t be afraid to play around with different spices, but be mindful of the combinations you choose. I like to use a blend of cumin, turmeric, and chili powder for some warmth and depth of flavor. But remember, a little goes a long way with these potent spices!

Another important element is texture. Mashing the boiled fava beans with a fork or a potato masher can give just the right consistency. You don’t want it too smooth or too chunky.

Lastly, keep in mind that the dipping companions will contribute to the final taste as well. Serve Foul Mudammes with warm pita bread or crunchy veggies like carrots and celery for the ultimate experience.

By following these tips, your Foul Mudammes will not only be tasty but also visually appealing and memorable.


Now that you know how to prepare the delicious Egyptain Fava Bean Dip, also known as Foul Mudammes, it’s time to tackle some of the most frequently asked questions. We don’t want any lingering doubts or confusion when it comes to this scrumptious recipe. Get ready for some clarity and some valuable tips!

Is foul medames healthy?

Foul medames is a nutritious Middle Eastern breakfast dish that is beloved by many. This recipe offers an easy way to prepare this traditional meal at home while keeping the salt content in check by using dried beans instead of canned ones. Rich in protein and fiber, it’s a satisfying and wholesome way to start your day.

What can I use instead of fava beans in foul Mudammas?

Incorporating fava beans into this recipe not only adds a unique texture but also allows the beans to soak up the delicious sauce for an extra burst of flavor. However, if fava beans aren’t readily available, pinto beans can be used as a substitute. Though traditionally a mixture of fava beans and chickpeas are used, pinto beans will serve as a great alternative.

Bottom Line

Now that you have learned how to make this delicious Egyptian Fava Bean Dip, there is no reason not to give it a try. Trust me, this recipe will become an instant hit at any gathering or potluck. The combination of fava beans with other flavorful ingredients like garlic, onion, and cumin creates a mouthwatering dip that is perfect for any occasion.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also versatile and can be adjusted to fit your preferences. So whether you want it spicier or milder, there’s always room for customization. Plus, using healthy ingredients like fava beans and olive oil makes it an excellent choice for those who are health-conscious.

In conclusion, I highly recommend giving this Egyptian Fava Bean Dip a try. From its unique flavors to its healthy ingredients, it’s simply impossible not to fall in love with it. So go ahead and impress your loved ones with this amazing dish – they won’t be disappointed!

Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes)

Egyptian Fava Bean Dip (Foul Mudammes) Recipe

This is a wonderful breakfast or brunch when you wake up ravenous and really need a protein hit. A Saudi friend taught me how to make this. P.S. If you live in the Seattle area, a little store in the Pike Place Market called The Souk sells fava beans in cans; The store has a lot of great food items.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Egyptian
Calories 139.4 kcal


  • 1 (15 ounce) can cooked fava beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked fava beans
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (but season to your own taste!)
  • 1 dash cinnamon (but season to your own taste!)
  • 1 dash clove (but season to your own taste!)
  • 1 dash turmeric (but season to your own taste!)
  • 1 dash cayenne (but season to your own taste!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or to taste)
  • salt
  • 1 small potato, peeled and cooked, added when onion is cooking (optional)


  • First, cook onion in vegetable oil until limp.
  • Add garlic and cook a little.
  • Add large chopped tomato and cook until it just starts breaking apart.
  • Add spices and lemon juice and stir.
  • Add fava beans and salt to taste.
  • Leave on low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Put in blender and puree until smooth.
  • Place in serving dish and drizzle generously with olive oil.
  • Eat with Carol's pita bread (warm crusty french bread is good too).

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 218gCalories: 139.4kcalCarbohydrates: 25.8gProtein: 9gFat: 0.7gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 14.9mgFiber: 6.9gSugar: 4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, African, Asian, Beans, Breakfast, Easy, Egyptian, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Lunch, Middle Eastern, Spicy, Spreads, Stove Top, Vegan
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