Foul Nabet

March 28th, 2010

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When you go out in the evening in Syria, you will see a man in the street pushing his cart with a huge pot and selling boiled fava beans with cumin, salt and lemon, this is called Foul Nabet.

The post is about how to make Foul Nabet, but if you get a chance to visit Syria, I highly recommend to try Foul Nabet from the cart.

Let’s make Foul Nabet:

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1. Put dried fava beans in a deep pot.

2. Rinse with water in several changes.

3. Cover dried fava beans with water.

4. Soak for twelve hours.

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5. After twelve hours, drain fava beans, rinse with water, and again cover with water and soak for twelve hours.

6. After twelve hours, drain fava beans, rinse with water, and cover with water.

7. Turn on heat, and bring to boil.

8. Once water is boiling vigorously, lower the heat.

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9. Simmer until beans are soft and tender, test by pealing some of the beans and see if they are soft or not. I can’t give you exact time, because time varies according to the type, size and the brand of fava beans, some may take 15 minutes, another may take 90 minutes.

10. When the beans are soft and tender, turn off heat.

11. Skim fava beans from water using a slotted spoon.

12. Serve in a bowl.

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13. Add cumin and salt.

14. Serve with lemon wedges.

When you eat, peal the bean then eat it.

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Foul Nabet

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Dried fava beans with skins

Water

To Serve

Ground cumin

Salt

Lemon wedges

Put dried fava beans in a deep pot.

Rinse with water in several changes.

Cover dried fava beans with water.

Soak for twelve hours.

After twelve hours, drain fava beans, rinse with water, and again cover with water and soak for twelve hours.

After twelve hours, drain fava beans, rinse with water, and cover with water.

Turn on heat, and bring to boil.

Once water is boiling vigorously, lower the heat.

Simmer until beans are soft and tender, test by pealing some of the beans and see if they are soft or not. I can’t give you exact time, because time varies according to the type, size and the brand of fava beans, some may take 15 minutes, another may take 90 minutes.

When the beans are soft and tender, turn off heat.

Skim fava beans from water Using a slotted spoon.

Serve in a bowl.

Add cumin and salt.

Serve with lemon wedges.

When you eat, peal the bean then eat it.

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