Foul Mdammas

March 22nd, 2011

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Foul Mdammas (Foul Mudammas) is very popular dish served for breakfast or any meal of the day. In Syria, we prepare Foul Mdammas in two ways and they are Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit (fava beans with olive oil) and Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban (Fava beans with yogurt), I’ll share both recipes in this post.

Let’s make Foul Mdammas:

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1, 2. Measure 740 g unpeeled fava beans (read notes).

3. Add fava beans in a pot, and cover with water, turn on heat and keep on high heat until boiling, then add salt and lower heat and keep until beans are cooked and tender (do not overcook, you do not want mushy beans), then turn off heat.

4. Use slotted spoon and transfer the fava beans into a bowl and save the cooking water because we will need it later.
Now
measure the weight of fava beans after cooking, and divide them into two parts. The weight I got after cooking was  890 g of fava beans so I divided them into one bowl with 380 g fava beans and the other bowl with 510 g fava beans (whatever weight you get, so divide them into two parts, one is more than the other). I will use the 380 g to make Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit, and the 510 g to make Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban.

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Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit

5. In first bowl, put 380 g fava beans.

6. Chop tomatoes into small cubes, and set aside.

7. Finely chop parsley, and set aside.

8. To fava beans, add chopped tomatoes and chopped parsley.

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9. Add crushed garlic.

10. Add lemon juice and olive oil.

11. Season with salt, then toss everything together.

12. Garnish with ground sweet paprika, ground cumin, chopped parsley, and drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

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Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban

13. In second bowl, put 510 g fava beans.

14. Chop tomatoes into small cubes, and set aside.

15. Finely chop parsley, and set aside.

16. In another bowl, put plain yogurt.

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17, 18. Take 1/3 cup of cooking water and add it to yogurt.

19. Add tahini and lemon juice to yogurt.

20. Whisk all the ingredients until combined.

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21. To yogurt mixture, add chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley, crushed garlic, and olive oil.

22. Add fava beans.

23. Season with salt, then toss everything together.

24. Garnish with ground sweet paprika, ground cumin, chopped parsley, and drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

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25. Serve Foul Mdammas with Arabic flat bread, scallions, and red radish.

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Foul Mdammas

From: Family Recipe / Servings: 5 – 6 People
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740 g unpeeled fava beans

Water, to cook fava beans

Dash of salt

Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit

Fava beans, read the directions

1 1/3 cup chopped into
small cubes tomatoes

1/4 cup finely chopped flat
parsley leaves

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt, or adjust to taste

Ground sweet paprika,
for garnish

Ground cumin, for garnish

Chopped parsley, for garnish

Olive oil, to drizzle

Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban

Fava beans, read the directions

1 cup chopped into
small cubes tomatoes

1/4 cup finely chopped flat
parsley leaves

1 cup plain yogurt

1/3 cup cooking water, read the directions

2 tbsp tahini

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt, or adjust to taste

Ground sweet paprika,
for garnish

Ground cumin, for garnish

Chopped parsley, for garnish

Olive oil, to drizzle

To Serve

Arabic flat bread

Scallions

Red radish, sliced


Measure 740 g unpeeled fava beans (read notes).

Add fava beans in a pot, and cover with water, turn on heat and keep on high heat until boiling, then add salt and lower heat and keep until beans are cooked and tender (do not overcook, you do not want mushy beans), then turn off heat.

Use slotted spoon and transfer the fava beans into a bowl and save the cooking water because we will need it later.
Now
measure the weight of fava beans after cooking, and divide them into two parts. The weight I got after cooking was  890 g of fava beans so I divided them into one bowl with 380 g fava beans and the other bowl with 510 g fava beans (whatever weight you get, so divide them into two parts, one is more than the other). I will use the 380 g to make Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit, and the 510 g to make Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban.

Foul Mdammas Bez-Zeit

In first bowl, put 380 g fava beans.

Chop tomatoes into small cubes, and set aside.

Finely chop parsley, and set aside.

To fava beans, add chopped tomatoes and chopped parsley.

Add crushed garlic.

Add lemon juice and olive oil.

Season with salt, then toss everything together.

Garnish with ground sweet paprika, ground cumin, chopped parsley, and drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

Foul Mdammas Bel-Laban

In second bowl, put 510 g fava beans.

Chop tomatoes into small cubes, and set aside.

Finely chop parsley, and set aside.

In another bowl, put plain yogurt.

Take 1/3 cup of cooking water and add to yogurt.

Add tahini and lemon juice to yogurt.

Whisk all the ingredients until combined.

To yogurt mixture, add chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley, crushed garlic, and olive oil.

Add fava beans.

Season with salt, then toss everything together.

Garnish with ground sweet paprika, ground cumin, chopped parsley, and drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

Serve Foul Mdammas with Arabic flat bread, scallions, and red radish.

Notes and Tips

You can use small or medium or large fava beans, but do not cook different sizes together because in this way you will get beans cooked before the others, so choose one size only and use it.

For this dish, you can use fresh fava beans or frozen fava beans, but in both cases you have to use unpeeled fava beans. Also, you can use dried fava beans but you have to soak them overnight (see the method (steps 1 -10 here)), and you can use canned fava beans.

Using fresh fava beans: bring fresh fava bean pods and remove the beans from their pods – classify the beans according to size (small fava beans, medium fava beans, large fava beans), wash fava beans in several changes with water, then use them as directed in the recipe (steps 1 -3), you may need to boil them for a little bit longer time.

Freezing fava beans: bring fresh fava bean pods and remove the beans from their pods – classify the beans according to size (small fava beans, medium fava beans, large fava beans), wash fava beans in several changes with water, blanch them separately (fill a pot with water, salt and some sugar and bring it to boil, then add fava beans for few minutes then plunge into a bowl of cold water), drain and allow to cool then place in freezer bags (as I said store them in bags according to their size, don’t mix them) and store in the freezer. Before cooking, allow frozen fava beans to defrost and use as directed in the recipe above.

I used frozen unpeeled small fava beans. The weight 740 g of fava beans is after blanching, and freezing.

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87 Responses to “Foul Mdammas”

  1. Panchpakwan says:

    Wow so delicious and fresh fava bean dishes..and what lovely presetation.

  2. healthy colourful delicious dish looks wonderful

  3. On every trip I have ever made to Egypt, I ate foul mdammas for breakfast–and just loved it. Thank you for reminding me of that–and for the recipes as well. Beautiful, as always.

  4. tigerfish says:

    This is such a wholesome breakfast to start off the day.

  5. Cherine says:

    I love foul mdammas, and I miss eating it… it’s been ages!!

  6. oh my dimah, this looks so savory and delicious….~~~!

  7. Katerina says:

    Fava beans are my son’s favorites. We mash them in Greece. I have never tried making them these ways. They sound lovely, I will sure bookmark them to try!

  8. Both the dishes prepared with Fava beans look awesome and sounds so simple to prepare.I am gonna try this as soon as I get hold of some fava beans.Thank you for sharing such a lovely dish.

  9. OOo pretty and very beautifully presented!

  10. Food Lover says:

    This is kind of new for me cos I know that mdammas is made from dried beans.

  11. Foul with yogurt is my mom’s favorite dish; I need to make it soon! there is a lot of fresh foul in the market these days. Great recipes, thanks dimah,are you entering Heni’s contest?(simplicity by the sea?)

  12. Roda says:

    We had this the other day at my house, took about 2 minutes for it to be gone, Great article :)

  13. Claudia says:

    Both dishes are beautiful, Dimah. So fresh, healthy and colorful. Right now I can only get peeled fava beans – but I would love to try these dishes. I especially love the ending spices of the paprika and cumin.

  14. Mateja says:

    Dimah, this is one, oops two wonderful delicious tasty bowls of foul! And the photos are amazing, so vivid and clear! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day ^_^

  15. Looks so delicious:)

  16. Swathi says:

    I liked both version, given a choice, i will go for yogurt one.

  17. wowww..what a colors, what an presentation…love it!!! Fantastic photos too!

    Nicely done!!

  18. Yummychunklet says:

    This dish and your photos look delicious!

  19. Oh these beans look flavorful in both dressings.I love your vibrant pictures.

  20. What a healthy and yummy dish! Amazing clicks as usual…

  21. Looks so tempting and tasty! Love those clicks.

  22. Manu says:

    Oh! These look amazing! I like both of them, but the one with yogurt makes my mouth water! Thanks!!! :-)

  23. Ahh the two types is probably why it looks different at different places! I always wondered why that was. Thanks for the recipes! :D

  24. Fragolina says:

    I love too foul mdammas, with some onions and olives.

  25. lovely recipes for both the versions, the yogurt one keeps me hooked though !

  26. Liz says:

    Beautiful food…something I’ve never heard of or tasted before, but if you put one of those plates in front of me, it would disappear fast :)

  27. briarrose says:

    I do believe I like the olive oil version best. Yummy!

  28. Yummy looking dish..I will try this for sure

  29. Hannah says:

    I’ve heard of this dish, but haven’t known exactly what it entailed. Now that you’ve spelled it out, I feel compelled to make it asap- It sounds delicious! I wonder if I could make it with fresh fava beans when they’re available, too…

  30. I love foul mdammas! and had no idea that it could be prepared with fresh fava beans, which sounds even better than with the other kind. A truly delicious dish!

  31. sonia says:

    This is a wonderful dish and I just loved it thoroughly.

  32. Adelina says:

    My husband’s favorite! I love both of your recipes. I need to try making them with fresh beans. I always wanted to try using fresh beans, but now I am more inspired because of you.

  33. simply.food says:

    This looks amazing and I ma definately going to bok mark nad try this recipe.Thanks for sharing such a lovely this.

  34. thoma says:

    fava beans is delicious and your make is extra special. i love the dainty clicks!

  35. Nisrine M. says:

    I love this Egyptian delicacy, Dimah. Pretty photo too!

  36. suchitra says:

    looks gorgeous! loved your step by step explanation and pics…

  37. Cindy says:

    You know I learn so much new dishes from your blog, thank you again for sharing these wonderful recipes!

  38. Kankana says:

    you know I do not like beans at all .. and hardly enjoy them. This looks so tasty .. perfect for a sunny evening bite :)

  39. fooddreamer says:

    Both ways look great! I’d love to try them.

  40. Joyti says:

    Have you heard of a book called ‘Day of Honey’? Its a memoir, from an American journalist who marries an Lebanese-American and spends a lot of time in Iraq and Lebanon…the reason I mention it is because that is the first place I heard of foul (and its a really great book).
    Your foul looks delicious – great photographs too :)

  41. Medeja says:

    Beans should taste nice, cause they look really delicious. Color of both dishes is really lovely

  42. Ambreen says:

    Both dishes look wonderful. Love the flavors … so healthy & delicious! Lovely presentation!!!

  43. Sarah Naveen says:

    Sounds great ..looks so delicious…loved the pics too

  44. Dimah,
    My goodness, what a gorgeous colourful and informative post. Everything looks just stunning!

  45. Simply Life says:

    oh wow, this looks great! I love the presentation!

  46. Jay says:

    sooper cute…should say this is just looking beautiful n brilliant pics as well…:)
    Tasty Appetite

  47. nammi says:

    Oh thats how you make it, have heard about it but never seen how it looks like.

  48. I love fava beans, and leaving them unpeeled makes this so much quicker to prepare. Can’t wait to find favas locally this spring!

  49. Cook is Good says:

    we eat it with our eyes… Have a great weekend, Giorgia & Cyril

  50. Hi Dimah, thanks for stopping by :) you have an awesome site too and I think I will learn an entire new cuisine from you – Since I don’t see a follow link, I am liking you on FB :) please do follow if you liked what you saw … Would love for you to visit my site more often! thanks and have a blessed day :)

  51. Susi says:

    I love savory breakfasts and this looks incredibly delicious!

  52. I imagine the happiness of the ones that can enjoy both dishes!! And the way you present them as usual is a real gift! Bravissima Dimah! :))

  53. Both of the recipes sound and look delicious. I think I will try the first one with out the yogurt first.

  54. Shirley says:

    Beautiful dish and well presented.

  55. Joanne says:

    Both of these preparations look so good! I can’t wait until fava beans come into season here so I can try them!

  56. Vimitha says:

    Thats a very yummy looking recipe…
    Happy to follow…
    My culinary Trial room

  57. Urmi says:

    Looks delicious and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

  58. Both versions look great!

  59. MaryMoh says:

    Looks healthy and delicious. I have not tried this beans. Need to look out for them.

  60. Cakewhiz says:

    I am amazed by all of your unique recipes. This looks awesome! Oh and i made your falafels last week… They were a huge hit in my house :D

  61. They are both wonderful recipes and look delicious :)

  62. Reeni says:

    These both sound incredibly good and so hearty for breakfast! I don’t think I could pick a favorite!

  63. Lora says:

    This looks so delicious hand healthy. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes.

  64. ammumohan says:

    hai dimah,
    thanks for your comment and visit..i started blogging recently..Yours looks very wonderful.. This recipes i never tried..Its new to me..I used to cook often south indian food only.. Now i could learn some new recipes from you..

  65. héni says:

    looks lovely Dimah! i love foul mudammes, but i never made it with fresh fava beans. so i will try it out now. please consider entering your dish into my fava bean event on my blog.

  66. Peggy says:

    What a grand variety of fava bean recipes! Definitely bookmarking these!

  67. Rosa says:

    Fava beans are so yummy! Both dishes look extremely palatable. I could eat such food on a daily basis.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  68. Hi Dimah! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) You’ve really interesting dishes, I’ve never even heard of Foul Mdammas before! An eye-opener for me :)

  69. pierre says:

    so many things I love here Thanks for the sharing !!pierre

  70. Natalie says:

    These look so easy. I especially like the one with yoghurt & tahini, never tried that before! You’ve got me craving a mezze platter now, I feel the urge to pick and dip!!

  71. Raina says:

    Two wonderful recipes. They both sound delicious:)

  72. Zara says:

    Two lovely bowls full of goodness!! I would love to try both these variants! Nice shots, too. Thank you, dear Dimah!

    Have a beautiful new week ahead! :)

  73. Eva says:

    Both of those dishes sound so fresh and delicious. I’ve been looking for some vegetarian dishes to start making, these are perfect! I love anything with fava beans :)

  74. valarmathy says:

    Looks delicious!! Absolutely yummy..

    I am here for first time, happy following you..

    Do visit me @
    http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

  75. January says:

    this is the first time i’ve heard of this dish so thank you for posting :) i really would like to try this but am not sure if we have any fava beans in Manila. is there any other kind of beans i can substitute it with?

  76. Wow…gorgeous photos! I love anything with fava beans, and foul mdammas has always been a favorite of mine. I didn’t realize that there is a version with yogurt…that sounds even more delicious!

  77. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE fava beans! My mouth is watering!!!

  78. These both sound and look great. It would be great to start the day with something as wholesome as this.

  79. Krishnaveni says:

    wow, these pictures are really great, looks yummy

  80. deeksha says:

    Hi
    delicious and yummy flavors…

  81. Manu says:

    Dimah I love your blog, I have an award for you. You can collect it here:http://www.manusmenu.com/awards-galore
    Hugs! :-)

  82. Aldy says:

    Oooh Dimah, This is such a gorgeous dish. Both of these dishes look absolutely delicious :) Great step by step explanations -as always !

    Cheers,

    Aldy.

  83. Juliana says:

    Yummie, I love both version of the fava bean…and the pictures are awesome!

  84. pierre says:

    just love this sharing food !!Pierre

  85. Fathima says:

    interesting recipe… never had this before… love the colors in the dish!

  86. I have not heard of this dish but sure looks delicious.

  87. Dimah, sll looks amazing!! I think my grandma has been preparing the dish with the tomatoes before and I have loved it!! Thanks for reminding me the dish :)!!!

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