A bowl full of Sudanese ful medames with tomatoes, arugula, tomatoes andn onions on top.
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Ful Medames (Sudanese Fava Beans)

A delicious vegetarian recipe dating back to the Pharohs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian, Sudanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
soaking time 8 hours
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 155 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fava Bean Dry
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin or to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup Arugula baby
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs optional
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Soak the dry fava beans in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain

  2. In a large pot, add in the soaked fava beans and cover with water.

  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, and cook for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft

  4. Put your fava beans into a bowl along with some broth.

  5. Mash the beans using a potato masher or you could use a coke bottle like they do in Sudan.

  6. Add in the salt and cumin to taste.

  7. Put the beans in your serving bowl and top with some of the tomatoes, cheese, arugula, and onions, top with sesame oil and serve with some warm flat bread.

  8. You can serve the left over toppings so people can add more of what they like including the hard-boiled eggs if using. We also served it with Sudanese shata, a hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Ful Medames (Sudanese Fava Beans)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 723mg31%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 498IU10%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sudanese Shata (A popular hot sauce)

Sudanese shata is a popular hot sauce that is used on many dishes in Sudan and South Sudan to spice things up a bit.  We used it on ful medames which is a delicious fava bean vegetarian dish that is considered to be the national dish.  The ful medames is served with several accompaniments and the Sudanese shata was that we really enjoyed.

a container with a popular hot sauce in Sudan called shata it has hot chili flakes, garlic and lemons.

This Sudanese shata hot sauce is made with spicy red pepper flakes, lemon juice, garlic with a bit of salt and pepper.  A quick and easy sauce to put together.  It certainly would be good on all sorts of dishes that need a bit of zip to liven them up with practically no calories.

Did you know that South Sudan is the newest country in the world?  They received their Independence in July 2011 after years of civil war.  Both Sudan and South Sudan have very impoverished people and have much work to do for peace in both nations. Sudan prior to the split was the largest country in Africa and since the split is the 3rd largest.  We pray for the people of both nations.

If you would like to learn more be sure to check out “Our Journey to Sudan and South Sudan”.  There you will find more authentic Sudanese recipes like Sudanese eggplant dip , ful Medames, and Sudanese peanut macaroons.

Craving even more?  Be sure to join the culinary and cultural journey around the world so you don’t miss a thing,  it’s free,  You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook ,  Pinterest and youtube to follow along our journey.

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a container with a popular hot sauce in Sudan called shata it has hot chili flakes, garlic and lemons.
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Sudanese Shata (A popular hot sauce)

A super quick and easy hot sauce that would be perfect to liven up just about any dish.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Sudanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 17 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper hot
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and blend or whisk together.

  2. Serve in a containter so it can easily be poured on the dish.

Nutrition Facts
Sudanese Shata (A popular hot sauce)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 17 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 890IU18%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sudanese Peanut Macaroons (Ful Sudani)

Sudanese peanut macaroons are called ful Sudani. They are really quick and easy to make. We enjoyed them alongside Sudanese cinnamon tea. Peanuts are a staple ingredient in both Sudan and South Sudan.  Did you know that peanuts are not a nut but actually a legume?  Many people are surprised by that fact. They are called ground nuts in Sudan. 

A plate full of Sudanese peanut Macaroons

These little light bites are more like a peanut meringue than a macaroon you may be familiar with from France.  We loved them!

Sudan used to be one of the world’s top exporters of peanuts but its ranking has fallen in recent years, Traditional small-scale farming in Sudan’s western states produces 70% of the country’s groundnut supply. Since peanuts depend on rainfall to survive, devastating droughts in these regions have significantly affected the farmers abilities to produce high yields.

The government has high hopes for a new variety of peanut that has been developed that supposedly is more drought resistant with higher yields it is called Tafra-1.  We can only hope that this works as 70 percent of the labor force works in agriculture and the groundnuts are a source of protein in Sudanese cuisine. 

If you would like to learn more be sure to check out “Our Journey to Sudan and South Sudan”.  There you will find more authentic Sudanese recipes like Sudanese eggplant dip and ful Medames.

Craving even more?  Be sure to join the culinary and cultural journey around the world so you don’t miss a thing,  it’s free,  You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook ,  Pinterest and youtube to follow along our journey.

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A plate full of Sudanese peanut macaroons.
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Sudanese Peanut Macaroons (Ful Sudani)

A wonderful quick and easy recipe from Sudan.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Sudanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 91 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Peanuts roasted and unsalted
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F

  2. Grind the unsalted, roasted peanuts to small bits reaching a grainy texture but not a powder. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff

  4. Add in the powder sugar a little at a time using a low speed until fully incorporated.

  5. Add in the vanilla extract and the peanuts, stir to combine

  6. Place parchment paper on a backing sheet and place about 1 tablespoon size spoonfuls of the dough, leaving a room between each one.

  7. Bake for 15 minutes, watch closely, they should be lightly colored but not browned.

Nutrition Facts
Sudanese Peanut Macaroons (Ful Sudani)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
 
 

 

A plate full of Sudanese peanut macaroons.
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Sudanese Peanut Macaroons (Ful Sudani)

A wonderful quick and easy recipe from Sudan.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Sudanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 91 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Peanuts roasted and unsalted
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F

  2. Grind the unsalted, roasted peanuts to small bits reaching a grainy texture but not a powder. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff

  4. Add in the powder sugar a little at a time using a low speed until fully incorporated.

  5. Add in the vanilla extract and the peanuts, stir to combine

  6. Place parchment paper on a backing sheet and place about 1 tablespoon size spoonfuls of the dough, leaving a room between each one.

  7. Bake for 15 minutes, watch closely, they should be lightly colored but not browned.

Nutrition Facts
Sudanese Peanut Macaroons (Ful Sudani)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sudanese Cinnamon Tea (Shai)

Sudanese cinnamon tea called shai, went perfectly with the little light Sudanese peanut macaroons called ful sudani.    Tea and coffee and both very popular in both Sudan’s.  When tea drinking does not happen in one’s home, it is very common to find tea ladies called sitashai,  set up on street corners.  They will quite often remain in the same spot for many hours throughout the day.  Customers sit around on simple metal stools bound with colorful string, and socialize.  

A couple of cups of Sudanese cinnamon tea with sugarThis tea is really easy to make, it would typically be made with a simple black tea and then steeped with the cinnamon sticks.  The tea could also be flavored with mint or ginger which is also very popular and authentic. Make sure to have it with sugar, one thing is certain, no matter which flavor, they like it sweet.  We enjoyed the tea with the light Sudanese peanut macaroons.

Sudan was colonized by both Egypt and Britain, certainly the tea culture comes from the English.  January 1st is the day that the Sudanese celebrate National Day, the day they got their Independence back in 1956. Although much has transpired since then.  If you would like to learn more be sure to check out “Our Journey to Sudan and South Sudan”,  there you will also find more authentic recipes like Sudanese eggplant dip and ful medames

Craving even more?  Be sure to join the culinary and cultural journey around the world so you don’t miss a thing,  it’s free,  You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook ,  Pinterest and youtube to follow along our journey.

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A couple of cups of Sudanese cinnamon tea with sugar
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Sudanese Cinnamon Tea (Shai)

A wonderful way to enjoy a cup of tea.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Sudanese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 55 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp black tea leaves
  • 2 Tbsp sugar or to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with 2 cinnamon sticks

  2. When boiling, pour over the tea leaves or bags

  3. Let steep until desired flavor

  4. Add sugar as desired

Nutrition Facts
Sudanese Cinnamon Tea (Shai)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 13mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.