Foul Mudammas

READY IN: 25hrs 30mins
YIELD: 4 cups




  • Smash garlic cloves with a flat part of the knife and remove the outer layers. Chop parsley.
  • In a small skillet toast cumin seeds until you can smell intense aroma. Transfer to a pestle and mortar and grind.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot and add the garlic cloves and cumin. Saute one minute and add drained Fava beans. Cover with water, put a lid on and simmer for about an hour or until beans are soft.
  • Drain cooked beans through a sieve reserving the flavorful water. Let them cool down a bit and start shelling them. Make a small cut or tear a small opening on one end of a bean and squeeze the content back into the flavorful water. Throw away the shells.
  • Bring back beans to a boil and using potato masher, mash them slightly. Add parsley, lemon juice and tomatoes and simmer few more minutes until slightly reduced and thick. Stir from time to time.
  • At the end season with salt and pepper and serve with pita bread.