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 155kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 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


  • Soak the dry fava beans in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain
  • In a large pot, add in the soaked fava beans and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, and cook for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft
  • Put your fava beans into a bowl along with some broth.
  • Mash the beans using a potato masher or you could use a coke bottle like they do in Sudan.
  • Add in the salt and cumin to taste.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 723mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

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