Delicious and Nutritious Egyptian Fool Recipe

Welcome, food lovers, to this delightful recipe article. I am Ehud, an Israeli chef known for my passion for Middle Eastern cuisine. Today, I am going to introduce you to a traditional Egyptian breakfast dish that is hearty, comforting and incredibly flavorful: the Egyptian Fool.

Also known as Ful Medames or Fava Beans, this stewed fava bean dish is pronounced as “fool” and is a staple meal eaten for breakfast in Egypt and across the Middle East. Believe me when I say that this deliciously spiced and richly textured bean stew is the ultimate comfort food that will warm you up, fill you up and tantalize your taste buds.

Packed with essential proteins, vitamins and minerals, fava beans or Egyptian ful are not only nutritious but also brimming with flavor. The combination of spices such as ground cumin, cloves garlic and cayenne pepper blends beautifully with fresh vegetables like onions and tomatoes giving it a deep smoky heat that will awaken your senses.

As a chef who values staying true to traditional recipes while also improvising to make modern-day food better, I have perfected this recipe to preserve its authentic flavor while making it simpler to prepare at home. So whether you are a lover of Middle Eastern cuisine or an adventurous eater looking for something new, this Egyptian Fool recipe is one you cannot miss out on!

Stay tuned for more on why I know you’ll love this recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast
Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast

Are you looking for a filling and wholesome breakfast option that will keep you going through the day? If yes, then look no further than Egyptian Fool, a traditional breakfast dish that has been enjoyed across the Middle East for generations.

Firstly, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. All you need are a handful of ingredients that can be easily found in any grocery store. You will need dried fava beans, onion, garlic cloves, ground cumin, salt, cayenne pepper, and canola oil. That’s it! Once you have these ingredients ready, it’ll only take you a few minutes to prepare the dish.

Secondly, this dish is incredibly versatile. While it is traditionally eaten for breakfast in Egypt, it makes for an excellent lunch or dinner option as well. You can also serve it as a side dish alongside other dishes such as fresh vegetables and Lebanese food.

Thirdly, and most importantly, this recipe is absolutely delicious. The stewed fava beans are flavored with ground cumin, onion and garlic which give it a depth of flavor that’s hard to resist. The addition of olive oil and lemon juice gives the dish a subtle hint of tanginess that balances out the earthiness of the fava beans. One bite of this hearty bean stew and you’ll be transported to the streets of Cairo!

Finally, what I love about this recipe is its nutritional value. Fava beans are rich in protein and fiber which make them a healthy option to start your day with. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals such as iron and manganese which are great for overall health.

Overall, I highly recommend trying this recipe out – not just because it’s easy to make but because it’s unbelievably tasty too! Whether you’re new to Middle Eastern cuisine or looking for something different from your usual breakfast routine, Egyptian Fool is the perfect way to kickstart your day.

Ingredient List

 Creamy and savory fava beans ready for breakfast!
Creamy and savory fava beans ready for breakfast!

Traditional Egyptian breakfasts often comprise hearty and filling staples, and one such staple is Fava Beans, known as Ful Medames. For making Egyptian Fool, which is a Fava Bean stew, we need only a few simple ingredients. Here’s what you need to gather:


  • 2 cups dried fava beans
  • Water for soaking and cooking
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Lemon juice (to taste)

That’s all you need! You can make this dish using canned or fresh fava beans or a combination of both. Keep in mind that canned beans should be rinsed before use. Ideally, start preparing by soaking the dried beans overnight for better results, If you are short on time or forgot to soak your beans, don’t worry; I’ve got a hop-up for that.

The Recipe How-To

 Wake up your taste buds with a hearty spoonful of Egyptian fool.
Wake up your taste buds with a hearty spoonful of Egyptian fool.

Now, let’s get into the heart of the matter and dive into preparing this delicious Egyptian breakfast dish, Ful Medames. Be sure to set aside an hour or so to soak the dried fava beans before starting with the recipe.


  • 1 cup of dried fava beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh vegetables and lemon wedges for serving

Step 1: Soak and Cook the Fava Beans

Begin by soaking one cup of dried fava beans in four cups of water overnight. After soaking, drain the water, rinse the beans well, and transfer them to a medium-sized saucepan.

Cover with fresh water and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to a medium-low setting and let simmer for approximately one hour or until tender.

Step 2: Prepare the Onion and Garlic Mixture

While your fava beans are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil in another pan over medium heat. Add in one small onion diced finely along with two cloves of minced garlic.

Sauté until golden brown, which should take about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Seasoning and Mashing Fava Beans

Once cooked, drain the cooked fava beans from their remaining water and add them to the pan with sautéed onions and garlic.

Add one teaspoon of ground cumin and a pinch of cayenne pepper along with salt (to taste). Mash together the ingredients using a fork or potato masher until it reaches your desired consistency.

Step 4: Serve Your Ful Medames

Your Ful Medames is now ready! Serve it hot in individual bowls along with fresh vegetables (such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions) on top.

Don’t forget to squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over it before enjoying! You may also serve it with pita bread or any other flatbread you like.

This recipe makes enough for four servings, so adjust accordingly if you’re hosting a larger group. This traditional Egyptian breakfast dish is easy to prepare ahead of time, so you can enjoy it throughout the week as well!

Substitutions and Variations

 A traditional way to start your day in Egypt – try it now!
A traditional way to start your day in Egypt – try it now!

There are plenty of ways to mix things up with this Egyptian Fool recipe, so don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen! Here are a few ideas to take this dish to the next level:

– Protein swap: While fava beans are the traditional choice for this dish, you can try subbing them out with chickpeas or kidney beans. This will give the meal a new look and flavor.

– Spicier, please: If you love food with a bit of a kick, you can add some extra heat by increasing the cayenne pepper. Alternatively, you could also add chili flakes or chopped jalapenos for an extra zing.

– Herbivore twist: To make this dish even more vegetarian-friendly, skip adding in any meat or poultry and opt for fresh vegetables instead. You can add some bell peppers, tomatoes, or radishes for an extra crunch.

– Play with toppings: Customize the dish further by adding flavorful toppings like crumbled feta cheese or boiled eggs chopped into halves. Alternatively, you could also add some fresh pita bread on the side to soak up all those delicious juices.

– Dip it: If you prefer your food dippable, turn this dish into a Mediterranean-style bean dip. Make sure to blend the cooked fava beans instead of mashing them and then drizzle olive oil on top before serving.

Remember that there’s no right or wrong way to prepare traditional dishes like Egyptian Fool. As long as you’re sticking to the core ingredients and spices, feel free to experiment with various substitutes and variations – who knows, you might just stumble across your new favorite breakfast recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 These fava beans may look humble, but they are packed with flavors.
These fava beans may look humble, but they are packed with flavors.

One of the great things about Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) traditional breakfast recipe is that it’s incredibly flexible when it comes to serving and pairing options. First and foremost, the dish is typically served hot and consumed as a standalone breakfast meal. But there are several ways to tweak the dish to perfectly suit your taste buds.

One option is to serve the dish with fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, that add both crunchiness and acidity to balance the creamy bean stew. Similarly, you can top it with some fresh herbs such as parsley or coriander for added freshness.

Another option is to pair the Ful Medames Egyptian fava bean stew with other Middle Eastern dishes. For example, you can serve it alongside pita bread or crispy falafel balls for a comforting meal with varying textures.

If you want some more protein in your meal, adding boiled eggs or hard-boiled eggs makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.

Finally, I like to enjoy my Egyptian fava bean stew with some Lebanese-style hummus on the side. The subtle nuttiness of the hummus pairs beautifully with the spices in the stew, enriching your taste senses even more.

Overall, there is no right or wrong way to serve your Ful Medames Egyptian fava bean dish — it all depends on your personal preferences. Whether it’s with fresh vegetables or other Middle Eastern snacks or ful medames itself make sure that you take in every bite of this hearty and healthy traditional breakfast dish from Egypt.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A perfect vegan meal for breakfast or brunch.
A perfect vegan meal for breakfast or brunch.

One of the best things about this Egyptian fool (fava beans) recipe is that it makes a great make-ahead dish. You can make it the night before and store it in the fridge, and it will still taste great the next day.

To store the leftover fava beans, let them cool down to room temperature. Then, transfer them to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can reheat them before serving by placing them in a pan over low heat and stirring occasionally until they are heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave them for 30-60 seconds with a bit of water to keep them moist.

If you plan on keeping the Egyptian ful medames for longer than three days, you can freeze them for up to two months. Make sure you divide them into portions so that you can easily reheat small quantities when needed.

When reheating frozen fava beans, make sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge before reheating as described above. The beans may lose some of their texture after being frozen but they will still taste delicious.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s versatile and you can adjust the seasoning as per your taste. If you feel like getting creative, you can also add different ingredients such as cooked vegetables or herbs to give it a fresh twist.

Overall, making ahead and storing this Egyptian ful medames is easy and convenient – perfect for those busy weekday mornings or lazy weekend brunches!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't let the long cooking time scare you, the effort is worth it!
Don’t let the long cooking time scare you, the effort is worth it!

To ensure that you achieve the best flavor and texture for your Egyptian Fool recipe every time, there are a few tips that will come in handy. First, be sure to use quality fava beans; look for dried fava beans that are whole and unblemished. Avoid using split or broken beans as they may cook unevenly and result in a grainy texture.

Before cooking your beans, rinse them thoroughly under cold running water and soak in water overnight. This ensures that they cook evenly and become tender. After soaking, drain the beans and transfer them to a pot with fresh water.

When sautéing the onions, be careful not to burn them as they can easily turn bitter. Cook them over medium heat until they are translucent before adding ground cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper for added zest.

For even richer flavor, you can use olive oil instead of canola oil when cooking your onions. Additionally, when adding your cooked fava beans to the onion mixture, make sure to stir gently so as not to break them up.

If you want a creamier consistency for your Egyptian Fool, try mashing some of the cooked fava beans with a fork or potato masher before combining with the onion mixture. This gives your dish a smoother texture while retaining its authentic taste.

Finally, when serving your Egyptian Fool dish, opt for garnishes like lemon wedges and fresh vegetables like diced tomatoes, chopped parsley or minced garlic for an extra burst of freshness.

By following these tips, you’re sure to prepare a mouthwatering bowl of traditional Egyptian Foul every time that’s perfect for breakfast or anytime during the day!


Before jumping into the FAQ section, let me remind you that the Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast Recipe is a hearty and fulfilling meal packed with protein and flavor. You can make this dish for your family, friends or even for yourself as it is very easy to prepare, store and reheat. Now, let’s answer some common questions that can arise while preparing this delicious Egyptian breakfast dish.

How do you eat Egyptian fava beans?

Let me walk you through an easy peasy recipe that is sure to impress your taste buds. Start by grabbing a cast iron skillet or saucepan, and toss in some fava beans along with ½ a cup of water. Heat it up over medium-high, and let it simmer away.

Next up, grab a mortar and pestle, and throw some hot peppers and garlic in. Give it a good bashing until it all blends together nicely.

Once the fava beans are cooked perfectly, pour the garlic and hot pepper sauce over them. Mmm, now we’re talking.

Last but not least, it’s time to assemble the masterpiece. Grab some fresh pita bread, sliced veggies and olives and serve it alongside the fava beans. Trust me, once you take a bite, you won’t be able to stop.

Is Egyptian foul healthy?

A much-loved breakfast dish in the Middle East is foul medames, known for its high fiber and protein content and associated health benefits.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast Recipe is a truly remarkable dish that is sure to delight your taste buds. This recipe offers a unique blend of flavors and textures that set it apart from other breakfast recipes. Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast recipe to try out or seeking to explore middle eastern cuisine in general, this dish should be on your radar.

The key to making this dish a success lies in using high-quality ingredients, following the recipe instructions carefully, and being patient with the cooking process. Don’t forget to also use the tips and suggestions provided in this article to help you achieve perfect results every time you make it.

So what are you waiting for? Get into the kitchen and try this amazing dish today! You won’t regret it. And if you love it as much as I do, be sure to share the recipe with your friends and family so they can enjoy it too. With its unique blend of flavors, incredible nutritional profile and easy preparation, the Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast Recipe is sure to become a staple in your breakfast rotation for years to come.

Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast

Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast Recipe

This is a very common food here in Egypt. Due to its cost, which is extremely low, it is a popular dish for many. With this recipe you can enjoy a traditional Egyptian breakfast in the comfort of your home! There is a LONG way to make this too, using dried fava beans and soaking and then cooking, this recipe makes it A LOT easier and in my opinion is even better! Enjoy!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Egyptian
Calories 469.4 kcal


  • 1 (16 ounce) can fava beans (you can find at any middle eastern store, maybe even like a trader joe's or organic store)
  • 1 small lemon, juice of, only
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or any oil you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 onion (Small size and chopped- optional, if you don't want to use just skip step number 1)
  • pita bread


  • Chop up a small onion with a bit of oil and sauté in small pot until tender, remove from heat.
  • Open can of fava beans and dump into pot, along with juices, do not drain.
  • Take a potato smasher and smash up the fava beans. I leave a few whole, but basically smash up most of them.
  • Add salt, ground cumin and cayenne pepper to your liking.
  • Squeeze juice of lemon into pot.
  • Add a splash of olive oil.
  • Heat just to boil and then that's it.
  • Spoon some beans into a flat bowl, splash some oil on top of them. I like to add the following garnish, but you can leave garnish out and just eat that way they are just as yummy too.
  • This is something I do sometimes to this dish as well-MY SPECIAL GARNISH. 1. Chop a few slices of red onion fine. 2. Chop a small (or half) green bell pepper finely. 3. Chop a handful of black olive slices finely. 4. Chop a small tomato finely. 5. A little bit of chopped parsley 6. Drizzle of tahina.
  • Okay now you add all these finely chopped veggies around the bowl edge and finish off with a drizzle of tahina in middle of bowl. Looks beautiful! Then i mix all together and eat it mixed up!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 164gCalories: 469.4kcalCarbohydrates: 52.9gProtein: 18.1gFat: 22.3gSaturated Fat: 1.7gSodium: 305.8mgFiber: 13.3gSugar: 7.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, African, Beans, Breakfast, Easy, Egyptian, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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