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Ful Medames – Vegetarian Fava Bean Stew

Ful Medames

Ful Medames is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes to make! My mom taught me how to make her recipe when I first moved out for college. It's a very affordable dish to make and packed with flavor!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1 16 oz can fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 whole green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pita bread
  • extra lemon juice
  • chopped parsley or cilantro


  • Drain the can of fava beans and rinse well.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add the olive oil along with the garlic and green onions. Cook down for about 2 minutes.
  • Add rinsed fava beans, water, cumin, paprika, salt, and dried parsley. Mix together.
  • Simmer for a few minutes just until the fava beans soften.
  • Mash about half of the beans, leaving some chunks.
  • Optional: If too much water evaporates and you like a thinner consistency, add more water to preference.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and lemon. Mix again.
  • Transfer to a plate or bowl. Top it off with more olive oil and serve!
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
    • stephany n.
    • March 17, 2021

    5 stars
    so delicious and easy!!

    • Amy Strong-Blakeney
    • May 10, 2021

    5 stars
    This was so savory and yummy. My meat eaters even liked it. Definitely a new go to recipe for my family. We couldn’t find fava beans and substituted Lima beans and it was absolutely delicious.

      • May 11, 2021

      Still sounds amazing even with Lima beans! So happy it was a hit

    • Lamia Hossain
    • May 27, 2021

    5 stars
    This is one of the best ful medames recipes out there. It’s so quick and easy to make and yet the dish is full of deep flavours. I can’t believe I can just make this whenever I want and it turns out delicious every time. Outstanding! *chef’s kiss*

      • September 17, 2021

      Hi Lamia! Thank you for the sweetest feedback. It’s my mom’s recipe so this makes me so happy that you loved it.

    • Kyla Hunter
    • June 7, 2021

    5 stars
    Super tasty! I substituted for lima beans as well, and it turned out great! Very easy to make as well.

    • K.
    • June 7, 2021

    5 stars
    Very yummy and easy to make! Used lima beans instead of fava beans and it was still very good!

    • Nabi
    • July 30, 2021

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I remember having this while I was in Saudia at a hotel! Brought back so many good memories Alhamdulilah! ❤️

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