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Arabic breakfast-2. "Fool" - Fava bean paste - fasting

Arabic breakfast-2.

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"Fool" (or "foul") is considered the national food of Egypt; it is consumed for breakfast or dinner.
It is also prepared in all Arab countries, with some variations of the basic ingredients.
The basic ingredient is the garden bean (Vicia faba, Fava bean) and is a broad bean specific to North Africa and Southeast Asia. It is now grown in many other regions of the world.
In Arabic it is known as "fool" or "foul" (pronounced "ful").
It is consumed both in the form of pasta, but also in the preparation of another specific Arabic dish: "falafel".
The food known as "fool medames" is another option that is typically eaten for breakfast with onions.

  • 2 cups dried beans
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (or even more garlic, to taste)
  • ½ lemon juice (or to taste)
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • green parsley (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame paste "tahini" (optional)
  • a red (optional)
  • pickles for decoration: cucumbers, white radishes

Servings: 8

Preparation time: over 120 minutes

RECIPE PREPARATION Arabic breakfast-2. “Fool” - Garden bean paste (Fava bean) - fasting:

The dried grains are cleaned of impurities and washed well with water.

Let it soak in cold water from evening to morning.

Put them to boil in water until the berries have softened (about 1 hour and a half-2 hours).

Strain the beans, keeping some of the water in which they boiled.

Finely chop the garlic and crush it in a mortar with a little salt; add the boiled grains one by one and crush them.

Keep a few whole grains for decoration.

Add the lemon juice and season with salt.

If it seems too thick, add a little more of the water in which they boiled the beans.

Put the pasta in a plate, decorate to taste with whole grains, pickled white radishes, pickled cucumbers, parsley leaves and pour very "generous" virgin olive oil.

It is consumed specifically from a common plate with Arabic glue.

Depending on the region, you can also add chimney paste, sesame paste, very finely chopped tomato paste to this.

Good appetite!

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Favism is a hereditary hemolytic anemia that is exacerbated by the consumption of this type of broad bean. It is recommended that patients avoid consuming this food.

Video: Fool Shami