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Foul Mudammas- A healthy vegan food affair!

Foul Mudammas is a creamy, rich, and hearty vegan recipe that originated in Egypt. This dish is made mostly with fava beans. It is a flavorful breakfast dish traditionally served with warm pita bread and some sliced fresh vegetables. 

In The Middle East, you can find foul mudammas in every restaurant, from a corner street cart to the Ritz Carlton. Each country in The Middle East has created its own version of this hearty bean dish. According to Egyptians, fava beans have been served for thousands of years, and they were originally served to the pharaohs.  

Foul is made in a similar way to hummus. The fava beans are dehydrated, then soaked overnight with water, then boiled in a large pot until the beans are soft. Then, the fava beans get smashed with a mortar and pestle. A special chili oil salsa tops off the foul, and then freshly baked pita bread is used to dip into the foul.

Tips to Make the Best Foul Mudammas 

  •  You can use canned fava beans for this dish. This will make the process easier. Just make sure to drain and rinse the beans to remove some sodium.
  • There are plenty of excellent brands of fava beans on the market. You can also find them on Amazon if they are not in your local grocery store.  
  • Make sure to save some of the water after cooking the fava beans. This water can later be added to the foul to change the consistency. 
  • The salsa is simply lots of garlic and chilis smashed, then whisked with fresh lemon juice and good olive oil. When making this dish, you decide how much hot pepper you use. Our family likes it very spicy.
  • I like to use a combination between jalapeno pepper and red chili pepper. 

Is Foul Healthy? 

Yes! Foul is a very healthy dish containing lots of fiber and protein. The main ingredient in foul is fava beans, and they are dense in nutrients as well as have plenty of health benefits. Foul mudammas is a vegetarian dish that has plenty of protein. In just one cup of fava beans, there are 13 grams of protein. Eating foul can also benefit people with anemia since fava beans are iron-rich.



Adjust Servings
1 can fava beans
For the Salsa:
3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
1 jalapeno pepper (seed was removed and chopped )
½ red hot pepper (seeds removed and chopped)
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup good olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cumin (optional)


Drain the fava beans and wash them under running water.
Add the beans to a small saucepan and cover them with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil for about 4 minutes and turn off the heat.
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In the meantime, use a mortar and a pestle to pound and smash the garlic and the hot peppers. Then add them to a bowl.
Add salt, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil, whisk together, and transfer everything to the bowl with the ground garlic and peppers.
Drain the beans and save some of the water.
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Transfer the beans to the mortar and smash the beans. Don't smash them too fine. Smash them just enough to break the beans. If it's too dry, add a spoon or two of the reserved water and mix in with the fava beans.
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To assemble, transfer the beans into a bowl and add two spoonfuls of the garlic chili sauce. Mix it with fava beans, and pour the rest on top.
Serve it with warm, fresh pita bread!
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How to Serve Foul Mudammas?
Foul mudammas is a traditional breakfast dish that can be eaten with other dips and spreads such as hummus, muhammara, and baba ganoush. It is always served with fresh pita bread, and the combination of the hot bread with the warm and flavorful dip is absolutely divine. Some people also eat foul mudammas with hard-boiled eggs and some fresh vegetables such as onions and mint leaves.
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Can You Store Foul Mudammas?
Yes, you can store foul! Keep leftover foul in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. You can reheat it in a pan when you are ready to eat it. You can also freeze the foul for up to three months in the freezer. Place it in a freezer-safe container and make sure it is completely sealed. When ready to eat the foul, take it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.
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