Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast

READY IN: 15mins


  • 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)
  • 12
    teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 14
    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!