Ful Medames

There is a recipe which claim to be the Egyptian National dish. Ful means stew but cooked in the oven. This is a very simple dish but you will need a bit of time ahead of yourself as the slowest the ful is cooked the better the final result will be.

This serves four people :

  • 225g Brown beans, soaked for 24h+.
  • 1 lit Water.
  • 4 cloves Garlic, peeled, cored and crushed.
  • 1 tablespoon of ground Cumin.
  • 6 boiled hard (10 minutes), Eggs.
  • 6 Tomatoes.
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped.
  • 2 Lemons.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, coarsely chopped.
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric.
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika.
  • 30cl Extra virgin olive oil.

In an ovenproof casserole, sweat of the onion and the garlic with the olive oil, very gently, for 5 minutes then add 2 tomatoes roughly chopped, the cumin and the beans. Top with the water and bring to the boil. Let it simmer covered for 10 minutes. Then place the casserole into a preheated oven 150 degrees C (300F, Gas 2). Let the beans cook gently for 3 to 4 hours.

On side plates place the sliced eggs, sprinkled with the turmeric, the rest of the tomatoes finely sliced and the lemons cut in wedges.

Finally, take the casserole out of the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes uncovered, sprinkle the beans with the paprika and the parsley and serve accompanied with the side dishes of eggs, tomatoes, lemon wedges and some olive oil.

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Vegetarian/ Gluten free/ Dairy free.