Hearty fava beans lentil soup infused with a dash of cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper and topped with parsley; Ful Medames.
Smother yourself with Ful Medames otherwise Egyptian Fava Bean Stew. And, breathe.
This dish will obliterate any belief that vegan food can’t be fulfilling.
- When it’s time to get the winter slippers out and a nourishing dish that’ll have you all snuggled up will ground you back
- When work’s been overwhelming and a dish you can leave to pressure cook while you run the bath to unwind is just what is needed
- When you’re pushed for time and have to go for a bevvie later, and a dish you can leave to brew while you’re getting ready
Ful Medames was inspired when staying with cousins in Casablanca and having a hearty breakfast of fava beans started the day on a high.
Ful Medames is traditionally eaten at the start of the day amongst the middle-eastern. It is actually very flavoursome.
Ful Medames otherwise Egyptian Fava Bean Stew is vegan.
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- 200g fava beans, dried
- 4tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 onions
- 2tbs cumin
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 150g lentils
- 2 litres filtered water
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1tsp salt
- 1/2tsp pepper
- Few sprigs of parsley
- ¼ lemon, juice
- Pre-soak the fava beans in water, overnight.
- Sauté the onions in olive oil until translucent in a frying pan. Transfer to a pressure cooker.
- To the pressure cooker, add the drained fava beans, lentils, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, a few sprigs of parsley and water. Cover with the lid. When the pressure cook starts to steam, cook in for a further 15 minutes. De-pressurise and set aside.
- Season further to taste and garnish with chopped parsley. Drizzle in the lemon juice.