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


  • 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


  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.

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