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from: Northern Africa | cooking method: boiling-simmering

Fool Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans)

Fool Medames (or Fool Mudammas, Ful Medames, Ful Mudammas, Fuul Medammis, etc., often just called Fool, Ful or Fuul) is an Egyptian bean stew: the basic recipe is fool (ful, fuul, i.e., fava) beans, cooked until tender, mashed then mixed with olive oil and seasonings, typically lemon juice and cumin. The mashed beans are usually served garnished with egg accompanied by pita bread. Fool is often eaten for breakfast, and is sold by street vendors: Egyptian fast food.

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The beans can also be cooked in an ovenproof casserole dish: Place the soaked beans in the dish, add boiling water, cover, and place in medium-hot oven.

Though not traditional, this dish could also be attempted with pinto beans (as used to make refried beans in Mexican cuisine); fool and pita bread is not too different than refried beans and tortillas. More evidence that ancient Egyptians did build those Meso-American pyramids? They Came Before Columbus!

Were you looking for a recipe for an English dessert, Fool?


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