ful medames

Eat like an Egyptian

Egypt is a magical place and I have been lucky enough to spend some time living in Cairo. I have fond memories of the of the early morning bustle around ful vendors on street corners. It still seems a little excessive as a breakfast; so nowadays I make it for lunch.

serves 2+

for the ful

400g Fava beans (or pinta)

juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp white wine vinager

1/4 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp cumin

3 garlic cloves; crushed

1/2 Maldon sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


to serve

3 pitta breads

1 cucumber

1 red onion

3 tomatoes

olive oil

lemon juice

Maldon sea salt

Flat leaf parsley

  1. Put all the ingredients for the ful in a saucepan and add enough water to just cover the beans.
  2. bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Mash and stir the beans until you have a rough puree.
  4. Set aside to cool a little while you prepare the salad and heat the pittas.
  5. Dress the salad with a little squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and a few parsley leaves.
  6. Enjoy.


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