5 quick steps to cook Ful Mudammas

Ful mudammas is a traditional Egyptian soup. It is made from fava beans and cooked in a large metal pot. The dish is served with cumin and olive oil. It may be served with chopped parsley, onion, and garlic, lemon juice, and may also be prepared with tomatoes. The fava beans are traditionally served in a large jug. The fava beans are cooked in their shells and then boiled until tender.

This dish is also commonly served as a late breakfast or early lunch dish. It is often eaten for dinner and is traditionally paired with warm pita bread. During the colder winter months, ful mudammas is often a favorite of the Egyptians.

Ful Mudammas recipe

Ful Mudammas
Creamy ful mudammas with fresh parsley – a taste of the middle east.
Ful Mudammas

Ful Mudammas Recipe

Ful mudammas is basically stewed fava beans (or broad beans), typically seasoned with a little ground cumin and finished with good extra virgin olive oil. Egyptians serve with warm pita bread and jazz it up with lemon juice, fresh veggies, and herbs.
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: African
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Ful madammas recipe
CookingStyle: Steaming
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Black Pie
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  • Pour the canned fava beans into a colander to drain. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions until they are translucent and golden. Add the garlic and cumin and cook for 1 minute until it releases an aroma. Put the beans in the pan and add about half a cup of water to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the beans are cooked through. Remove the lid from the pan and continue cooking until the liquid decreases by about 75%. Bring down from the heat.
  • Pour the bean mixture into a bowl. Add the fresh lemon juice. Mash the mixture to a semi-smooth consistency; it should be slightly chunky than hummus. You can use a potato masher or the back of a large metal spoon.
  • Serve each serving as hummus on a plate. Create a shallow pool between the mudammas. Lightly sprinkle the olive oil in the dish and decorate with the ingredients you like. Serve hot



  • To make Ful Mudammas from dry fava beans: Start with 1 cup of dry fava beans. Soak in plenty of water overnight (beans will expand in size.) Drain and discard soaking water.  If you like, peel the beans and discard the hard skin. Place beans in a large pot or saucepan, and add plenty of water (about 5 cups or so.) Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover part-way and let simmer for about 1 hour. Drain and discard water. Proceed with ful mudammas recipe above.
  • Where to find fava beans?: Fava beans are available in many grocery stores near other canned beans or particularly in the international section. You may also find dry fava beans in the bulk section near chickpeas. Otherwise, you can find canned fava beans via Amazon.
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Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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Method: Pressure Cooker Ful Mudammas

Ful Mudammas
Ful mudammas mezze platter – a flavorful middle eastern feast.

To prepare Ful Mudammas, begin by soaking the dried fava beans overnight in a large bowl of water, allowing them to soften and reduce the cooking time. Once soaked, drain the beans and transfer them to a pressure cooker along with minced garlic and 4 cups of water. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 10-15 minutes, or according to the cooker’s instructions. After cooking, release the pressure and carefully open the lid to reveal the tender fava beans. Season with fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and pepper, ensuring all the flavors meld together beautifully. Transfer the Ful Mudammas to a serving dish, garnishing with fresh parsley and sliced tomatoes for a burst of freshness. Serve hot with warm pita bread or Arabic flatbread on the side, allowing everyone to enjoy this flavorful and comforting dish.

Tips for making Ful Mudammas

Ful Mudammas
Customize your ful mudammas with fresh garnishes.

Serving Suggestions

For a satisfying meal featuring Ful Mudammas, consider serving it alongside some Spinach Quiche. The creamy texture of the quiche complements the hearty flavors of the Ful Mudammas perfectly, creating a well-balanced and comforting dish. Alternatively, pair the Ful Mudammas with some Soy Sauce Eggs for a protein-rich and flavorful combination. The savory soy sauce eggs add a depth of flavor to the dish, while the Ful Mudammas provides a hearty base. If you’re in the mood for something sweet to balance out the savory flavors, opt for a Cherry Cobbler as a dessert. The sweet and tart cherries in the cobbler provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the Ful Mudammas, creating a delightful end to the meal. Whichever combination you choose, Ful Mudammas is sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

Cooking Tips

Ful Mudammas
Ful mudammas – the perfect filling for sandwiches and wraps.

Firstly, soaking the dried fava beans overnight is essential. Not only does this soften the beans, but it also helps to reduce their cooking time significantly. There’s something almost therapeutic about the process of soaking the beans, knowing that they’re slowly rehydrating and preparing to absorb all the delicious flavors of the dish.

Another tip that I’ve found to be invaluable is to cook the Ful Mudammas in a pressure cooker. Not only does this speed up the cooking process, but it also ensures that the beans are perfectly tender and creamy. There’s a sense of anticipation that builds as you wait for the pressure cooker to release its steam, knowing that soon you’ll be rewarded with a pot full of deliciousness.

When it comes to seasoning the Ful Mudammas, don’t be afraid to get creative. While the classic combination of lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and garlic is always delicious, don’t hesitate to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer a hint of smokiness from paprika or a touch of heat from chili flakes, adding your own personal touch to the dish can take it to a whole new level.

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of garnishes. Fresh parsley and sliced tomatoes not only add a pop of color to the dish but also provide a burst of freshness that elevates the flavors. There’s something incredibly satisfying about sprinkling the finishing touches over the Ful Mudammas, knowing that they’ll add the perfect final flourish to an already delicious dish.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Ful Mudammas

Ful Mudammas
Ful mudammas salad topping – a protein-rich addition
  • Can I use canned fava beans to make Ful Mudammas? Yes, you can use canned fava beans for convenience. Simply rinse and drain them before following the recipe, skipping the soaking and part of the cooking process.
  • Is Ful Mudammas suitable for vegans and vegetarians? Absolutely! Ful Mudammas is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly dish, free of animal products.
  • Can I adjust the spiciness of Ful Mudammas? Of course! Customize the spiciness by adding or reducing minced garlic or drizzling hot sauce to taste.
  • What’s the best way to reheat Ful Mudammas? To reheat, gently warm it in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add a bit of water or lemon juice if needed to maintain the desired consistency.
  • Can I freeze Ful Mudammas for later use? While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze Ful Mudammas in an airtight container. Thaw and reheat it gently, adjusting the consistency as necessary before serving.


In conclusion, Ful Mudammas is a dish that holds a special place in many hearts, including mine. Its hearty, comforting flavors and simple preparation make it a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine and a beloved dish for many around the world. By following these cooking tips and embracing the process, you can create a dish that is not only delicious but also deeply satisfying. At Food And Meal, we’re passionate about celebrating the diversity of flavors and culinary traditions, and Ful Mudammas embodies that ethos perfectly. For more delicious recipes and culinary inspiration, be sure to visit foodandmeal.com. Happy cooking!

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