Egyptian Ful with Tahini

IMG_6253 If you love Middle Eastern food but haven't tried Ful before then you're missing out on A LOT! As Mother of a Hubbard puts it "They were quite possibly some of the best beans I had ever eaten, and let me tell you, I love beans!"

Ful is a very popular dish in the Middle East, especially in Egypt. Some people love to have it for breakfast, brunch, or as a light dinner.

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In this recipe, I used the large type of fava beans which makes it better suited to eat with a spoon or a fork, unlike the traditional method of preparing ful, where it's usually served with some warm flat (pita) bread. However, either kind will work in this recipe.

If you don't live in the Middle East, then you can find dry fava beans in Arabian grocery stores or order them online from or  amazon.

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If you haven't tried Ful before then check out this recipe for a more traditional recipe. If you have and want to try something new, then this recipe is perfect for you. It's so satisfying and can be served as a main course or as an appetizer. I like mine chilled, a bit tangy, and runny.

Feel free to get creative with this recipe. Maybe add some garlic or smash it all in a sandwich with some Persian cucumbers with drizzled tahini on top. Ahhh! That sounds so good, I think I'm gonna try that tomorrow!

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Egyptian Ful with Tahini 


  • 5 cups cooked fava beans (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • +3 tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • paprika
  • parsley for garnishing

Notes: Soak dry fava beans for +12 hrs (I used the large kind, but either will work) then cover with water (2 inches above) bring to boil, lower heat and cook for +1 hour or until the beans are easily mashed with your fingers. Keep the water!


  1. Heat the fava beans with some of its water barely covering the beans.
  2. Turn off the heat
  3. Add the tahini, spices, and lemon juice
  4. taste and adjust to your preference.

Enjoy! Oh and btw it's tahina not tahini..