Fooll Mudammes (Fava Bean Egyptian Breakfast)(فول مدمس)

"Traditional breakfast in the middle east. This is my mom's recipe, my (and my husband's) favorite. You can make it at night and heat the next morning, keeps well in the fridge. I do not use oil to cook the onions, to lower the fat, and it tastes just as good!"
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  • Heat oil, add onion and cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, spices and salt, cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add fava beans, and mash it on low heat.
  • You can mash it finely or leave some fava beans whole.
  • Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with pita bread.
  • You can drizzle some olive oil, tahini, lemon, or a combination on it before serving.
  • I like hot chili peppers as well.

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  1. Served with pita bread, feta, and cucumbers. Thanks! This has earned a spot in the breakfast menu rotation.
  2. This was really excellent- reminded me of Middle Eastern refried beans! I found 1/4 cup of tomato sauce was sufficient for flavor. Ate it with Trader Joe's Garlic Naan bread.
  3. Delicious! This was my first try with fava beans. The beans have a smoky flavor that adds depth to the simple recipe. I added garlic to the onion and cooked these longer than suggested; otherwise I stuck to the recipe.
  4. OMG this was really really yummy! I love it and so did my husband. I had to stop myself eating the whole lot before he got home. We just had it with a bit of toast although it was good enough to just eat like that. I added 4 small garlic cloves and sauteed them together with 1tbsp olive oil and then added fava beans I soaked overnight, peeled and boiled. It made me feel like I was eating mashed potatoes but so much yummier. This would make an awesome side dish. Update: it also tastes good with other beans such as chickpeas in a pinch
  5. Wonderfu!! I saw the Egypt episode of Anthony Bourdaine's "No Reservations" and it showed him having this dish for breakfast. It looked like a perfect, delicious breakfast to me... and it is!!! I used half of the salt, a can of Goya pink beans (I always have those on hand) and an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce (I preferred the consistency with extra sauce). On the show, it showed this dish topped with a coarsely chopped, boiled egg. I did that and I loved it!! I ate it with whole wheat naan bread. Thank you for posting this recipe!


Hi .. The pic is of my beautiful son, born on 2/5/2005. His name is Tariq, meaning Bright Star. As I type this, he is blowing bubbles in his water cup and watching cartoons. He whined to get this water for 15 mins and now he won't drink it, he will only play with it. Sigh.. A few days ago he came up with this song, so sing along to the tune of "Old McDonald" : Old McTariq Laq Laq Laq E I E I OOOOOO LOL I thought it was the cutest thing :-) When I'm not running around after my son, or cleaning up the mess he makes wherever he goes, I cook and bake (my husband loves the blueberry muffins I make) and I love trying new recipes .. I also love to read, and collect sci-fi/fantasy novels .. I have over 500 books and still counting ..
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