Ful Medammes: Stewed Egyptian Fava Beans

Ful Medammes

Ful Medammes with Poached Egg and Home Made Bread

Ful Medammes/Mudammas/Medames: Stewed Fava Beans

I first discovered this dish in a Yemeni restaurant in Manchester’s famous ‘Curry Mile‘, one of my favourite places to go for a delicious meal out when cooking is too much like hard work! I’ve since eaten it on holiday in Egypt, it was so delicious that I had it for breakfast every day!

According to Wikipedia Ful Medammes is: ‘an Egyptian/Sudanese dish of cooked and mashed fava beans served with vegetable oilcumin and optionally with chopped parsley,oniongarlic, and lemon juice. A staple meal in Egypt and Sudan, it is popular in the cuisines of the LevantSomaliaDjibouti,EritreaEthiopia and Saudi Arabia’.

Today I made a second attempt at a ‘no knead bread’ recipe and made some Ful Medammes and poached egg to go with it.

Ful Medammes with Poached Egg

Ful Medammes with Poached Egg


  • I can of Ful Medames Beans
  • 1 tbs tomato puree (use a couple of fresh tomatoes if you have them)
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • half onion, finely chopped
  • clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbs olive oil


  • Saute onions and garlic with the oil in a small saucepan
  • Add ground cumin, salt, and tomato puree/tomatoes, cooking for a few minutes to form a paste
  • Add the tinned fava beans and a splash of water. Stew on a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring every so often. Add water if it starts to stick.
  • At  this point it’s cooked. The beans can be served whole or mashed into a smooth paste. (I like mine mashed!) Add chopped fresh parsley, if you have it, to add some freshness!
  • Serve hot with boiled/poached/fried eggs and toasted bread.
Ful Medammes and Poached Egg

Ful Medammes and Poached Egg

This dish is almost like a middle-eastern version of eggs and baked beans! There is loads of flavour and left overs can be served cold as a dip with vegetables and flat bread (like a hummus!). It’s a perfect make-ahead dinner party starter as spice can be added to suit individual tastes.

Ful Medammes

Ful Medammes




13 thoughts on “Ful Medammes: Stewed Egyptian Fava Beans

  1. My friends who worked in the Middle East also mentioned this, but I haven’t had any idea if I could use red kidney beans for this? I mean, fava beans and red kidney beans, aren’t they family? Haha!

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