Simply Lebanese

Foul (Ful)

Foul (Ful)
  • Prep Time
    15 mins
  • Cook Time
    10 mins
  • Serving
    6
Foul is a Middle-Eastern vegan breakfast dish of cooked fava beans flavored with lemon juice, garlic and served with olive oil, chopped parsley & tomatoes.
Foul (Ful)

Foul (ful) medames is a hearty Lebanese breakfast made from cooked fava beans, lemon juice, crushed garlic and cumin served with fresh vegetables and eaten with pita bread. Most often, it is simply referred to as “foul”. 

Foul medames is a very popular savory breakfast dish in Lebanon. However, this dish originated in Egypt. Overtime it has spread throughout all the Middle-Eastern countries. Each country has their own special twist to making foul, but the base is the same.

I have very fond memories of my first mornings of all my trips to Lebanon, when my grandfather would wake up early to pick up some fresh foul and all the fixings that come with it, along with Manakeesh of course since no true Lebanese breakfast is complete without it.

What is in Foul?

Fava beans which are also known as the broad bean, are the main ingredient in foul. They are an excellent source of vitamins and lean protein. They have no saturated fat or cholesterol. 

I am able to find cooked canned fava beans that have been precooked at my Middle-Eastern grocery store. If you are not able to find any, you can purchases dried fava beans and cook those to use in this dish. 

Cooked alongside the fava beans are chickpeas (garbanzo beans). The ratio is typically 2:1 fava beans to chickpeas.

In this Lebanese take on foul, which I have learned from my mother, I add tahini paste, lemon juice, crushed garlic, and a some spices. Since the canned beans are precooked, I just warm them up in a small pot before transferring them to a large serving bowl to crush using a mortar. I like to crush about 75-80% of the beans but, do so according to your personal preference. Some people barely crush the beans and enjoy the heartier texture. 

Foul (Ful)

Foul breakfast has a lazy reputation, as in once you eat it, you are ready for a nap! On the special Sunday mornings, my mother would make a foul breakfast (or brunch since it was never before 12/1pm), followed by a nap, as we would all pass out too lazy to even clean up the breakfast table.

STEP 1

Add the fava beans with their liquid to a large pot. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then add to the pot of fava beans.

Warm on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Foul (Ful)

STEP 2

Crush the garlic with a half teaspoon of salt. Juice the lemon.

STEP 3

Add the warmed fava bean and chickpea mixture to a serving bowl.

Using the mortar you crushed the garlic with, mash the fava beans and chickpeas until about ½ to ¾ of the mixture is mashed. (based on your personal preference.)

Add the crushed garlic, lemon juice, cumin, tahini paste, and salt. Mix to combine.

STEP 4

Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or any hot pepper for a kick. (Optional)

Foul (Ful)

STEP 5

Finely chop the parsley leaves and the tomato and set aside for serving.

Foul (Ful)

Serve the foul with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil.

Foul (Ful)

Foul (Ful)

Foul is a Middle-Eastern vegan breakfast dish of cooked fava beans flavored with lemon juice, garlic and served with olive oil, chopped parsley & tomatoes.
4.64 from 25 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Lebanese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Iman

Ingredients

  • 3 14oz Canned Cooked Fava Beans
  • 1 15.5oz Chick Peas canned
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 tb. Tahini Paste
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ bunch Parsley
  • 1 Tomato
  • Olive Oil for serving

Instructions

  • Add the fava beans with their liquid to a large pot. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then add to the pot of fava beans. Warm on medium heat for 10 minutes. 
  • Crush the garlic with a half teaspoon of salt. Juice the lemon. 
  • Add the warmed fava bean and chickpea mixture to a serving bowl. Using the mortar you crushed the garlic with, mash the fava beans and chickpeas until about ½ to ¾ of the mixture is mashed. (based on your personal preference.) Add the crushed garlic, lemon juice, cumin, tahini paste, and salt. Mix to combine. 
  • Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or any hot pepper for a kick. (Optional)
  • Finely chop the parsley leaves and the tomato and set aside for serving.
  • Serve the foul with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil. 

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.2g | Protein: 22.1g | Fat: 6.8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 167.6mg | Potassium: 770.2mg | Fiber: 17.8g | Sugar: 2.9g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.9mg
    Iman

    Owner

    Additional Recipes!

    Recipe Reviews

    • Avatar

      Nadine

      Hello! I see that there is 1/2 water in this recipe. Is it added to the beans as they are heating? Looking forward to trying this! Thanks 🙂

      • Iman

        Iman

        Hi! There is no water in this recipe except for the liquids that come in the can of fava beans. I warm up the canned fava beans with the liquid in the can, all in a pot and then mash it all together. If you like your foul more watery, you can add some water in. Enjoy!

    • Avatar

      Mary Ann

      5 stars
      Incredibly delicious! For my second batch, I started with dried fava beans – more time consuming, equally awesome, and insanely inexpensive (I think the pound of dried favas was less than one can of prepared). I like to top it with yogurt/tahini sauce. Thanks so much for the recipe – it is PERFECT1

      • Iman

        Iman

        Sounds amazing!!

    • Avatar

      ani

      5 stars
      are the nutrition facts for one serving or for 6?
      thank you for the recipe it’s very delicious.

      • Iman

        Iman

        For one serving!! But does not include the toppings as those are according to preference.

    • Avatar

      Rebbeca

      Hello, Can I make this with chickpeas only? We had something similar when visiting Lebanon a few years ago, but I can’t find a recipe for it. It seemed to have more lemon than the foil made with fava beans. It was so delicious!

      • Iman

        Iman

        Yes, there is a very similar breakfast dish known as Msabaha. It is made with only chickpeas. Follow my foul recipe exactly, and use just warmed, cooked chickpeas instead!

        • Avatar

          Sonny Tristan

          What is the name od simiar dish we had in saudi? It had tomatoes moxed and crushed priot to eat and it lookrd REDDISH. Name started with a C?????
          Love it thanks Inshalla

    • Avatar

      Dan Goldes

      5 stars
      This is delicious, thanks. I had it with an egg sunny side up and toasted pita bread.

    • Avatar

      Kolaylezzet

      5 stars
      Thanks for this vegan breakfast.

    Leave a Review

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating