Food Review: Fava Bean Dip (Foul Medames)

After I gained the courage to break away from the safety of the familiar, the first Arabic style dish I went for was this one – foul medames or fava bean dip. This dip is a staple food in Egypt and very popular in other Arab, Middle Eastern and African countries. The style of cooking this dish varies from culture to culture and cook to cook. The foundation of the dip, which the alterations work around, however, is the boiled and mashed fava bean (also called the broad bean). Traditionally, the recipe includes or is served with the likes of olive oil, onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, chilli and cumin.

My recreation of the recipe.

During the month of Ramadan, as mentioned, I am particularly inspired to try dishes that are eaten by the Muslim community here in the Middle East. This dish was a must and I had a look around for the best of the best which I found in the form of this recipe by Maie from The Wizard of Yum on Instagram. Maie’s blog is a very pleasant, homely, Arabic food haven where the inexperienced (like me) toward Arabic dishes should go for some useful knowledge.

Find Maie here on Instagram.

Maie writes her posts through both Arabic and English, so understanding the recipe instructions is not a problem. I am in awe of her photography skills as well, which is definitely a must for me to even think about recreating a dish. I also enjoy reading about the inspiration behind Maie’s recipes – for example, this particular one made her nostalgic towards her dad as it was one of his favorite  things to eat, which I thought was very sweet to hear about.

You can view the full recipe instructions below, and I also want to include some recipes that are definitely next on my list! Thank you Maie – Ramadan Kareem!

Fava Bean Dip

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Good morning peeps! Fava bean dip (Fūl Medames) for breakfast today.. The perfect dish for #AprilisforArabfood street food week! . Today marks my dad’s birthday, May his soul Rest In Peace, and this used to be one of his favorites. Foul is made in many different ways from one family to another, but I have the simplest recipe for it without many additions because I like to enjoy the taste of fava beans alone. So how do you make your? Do you add garlic, tahini or cumin, or do you keep it plain like I do? Here is how I prepare mine: . Fava Bean Dip (Fūl Medames) – 1 can favs beans (smaller beans are better) – 1 clove of garlic, minced – Lemon juice to taste – Salt to taste – Olive oil – Chopped parsley & tomato for garnishing – 1 green chili, finely chopped and seeds removed (optional) • Preparation: – Discard fava bean can water. Heat 1 cup of fresh water in a frying pan and add fava beans. Let it boil for 5 minutes. – Pour out half the water in a bowl and set aside. – Mash the hot fava beans with remaining water using a fork. You may remove peels before mashing if you have the time (softer texture). – Add minced garlic and adjust lemon and salt to your liking and mix. You may add more fava bean water if it’s too thick to your liking. – Pour your mix into a serving dish and spread it with a spoon. Garnish with parsley and tomatoes. Drizzle a good amount of olive oil on top. – I also make a green chili sauce to go with it by crushing 1 green chili pepper with lemon and a pinch of salt in a mortar. You may mix it with your dip or drizzle on top, or simply put aside for everyone to add to their dish. – Serve hot alongside Arabic pita bread, spring onions, radishes and green olives. Bon appétit. . . . . #thewizardofyum #foul #favabeans #favabeandip #pitabread #palestinianfood #arabicfood #jordanianfood #onmytable #instafoodie #uaefoodbloggers #foodstagram #instafood #foodpic #recipe #foodoftheday #uaemoms #abudhabifoodies #abudhabivegans #uaevegans #inabudhabi #abudhabi #dubai #uae #shotoniphone #فول #فول_مدمس

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Egyptian Brioche

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#Friska anyone? How gorgeous does this basket of #Egyptian_brioche look? 😍 . Yes, Friska, that’s what they call it in beautiful #Egypt.. A famous sweet bread inspired from the French brioche 🧐 usually made to celebrate #shamennessim, an Egyptian national holiday marking the beginning of spring 🐰🐣🌸 where people spend all their day out picnicking in public gardens or by the Nile. . This recipe is from @arabic_flavour by the beautiful @walaa.azazy 🌷 Check my stories as I’ll be posting the recipe step by step.. I must admit that I enjoyed working with the dough a tad bit too much, it’s super duper soft and tastes so darn good eaten raw 🙈 A must try! . Friska (Egyptian Brioche) Ingredients: – 1 kilo all purpose flour, around 6 cups – 3 eggs, large size – 1 & 1/4 cup sugar – 1 cup milk – 1/2 to 3/4 cup water – 1 tbsp yeast – Pinch of salt – 1 cup ghee – Vanilla Powder . Pre baking glaze: – 1 egg yolk – Vanilla Powder – 1 tsp black honey – 1 tbsp liquid milk – Sesame or sugar for decoration after glazing . Preparation: – In a small deep bowl, mix the milk with the yeast and a tsp of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes to activate yeast. – Mix ghee with sugar using a mixer. – Add eggs and vanilla and keep mixing. – Add the flour gradually. – Add the milk and yeast over it and start kneading. – Add water gradually and keep kneading. A soft and pliable dough will give you a moist and puffy Friska. – Place the dough in a warm place and let it proof for at least four hours. – After proofing well, shape the dough into the shapes shown in the photos. Put shaped pieces on an oiled tray leaving good space between them because they will puff up again with the 2nd proofing. Tuck in dough ends to maintain the shape. – Leave the shaped dough to 2nd proof as many hours as possible. My grandmother used to leave it over night. – Mix the glaze ingredients and brush the dough from top lightly, preferably using your fingers to maintain the proofing shapes. – Sprinkle sesame or sugar on top and bake on medium heat until it puffs up and acquires a beautiful golden color. – Serve next to colored Easter eggs. Notes in comments👇🏼 Bon appétit 💕

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Tomato Kibbeh

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Back with another recipe from @arabic_flavour and guess what… It’s #vegan this time 🤗 I’ve been receiving many requests for vegan recipes and I’m super happy this month’s recipe is one. #tomatokibbeh .. This easy & very delicious recipe is by the beautiful @nadinrazouk from Syria🌷 The perfect #mezza dish next to arabic BBQ, or simply eat alone with a drizzle of olive oil and scoop with taboon bread! I found it very close in taste to Muhammarah! English recipe in first comment. . I prepared this with my mom #TetaFufu and each one of us decided to style it her way, ↔️ swipe through and guess which one is hers? 😉#IMissHerAlready💔 Wishing you all a blessed Friday beautiful people.. . رجعتلكم اليوم مع وصفة من #نكهة_عربية. وصفتنا اليوم نباتية عالآخر. كتير ناس ببعتولي بطلبوا وصفات نباتية وانبسطت لأنها إجت بوقتها! #كبة_بندورة .. هاي الوصفة السهلة واللزيزة كتير من تقديم الجميلة نادين رزوق🌷 كتير طيبة كطبق مزة جمب المشاوي أو اذا بتاكلوها لحالها تغميس بخبز طابون مع شوية زيت زيتون. حسيت طعمها كتير قريب من المحمرة. عملتها انا وأمي #تيتا_فوفو قبل ما تسافر، وقررت كل وحدة فينا تزينها بطريقتها الخاصة، شوفوا الصور وإحزروا أي وحدة إلها!😉 #اشتقتلها_كتير 💔 ألف صحة وهنا عقلوبكم.. . كبة البندورة المكونات: -١ كوب من البرغل الناعم -٢ حبة بندورة متوسطة الحجم مقشرة ومقطعة إلى أرباع -١ حبة بصل صغيرة مقطعة إلى أرباع -١ ملعقة كبيرة دبس فليفله -١ فنجان زيت زيتون -١ ملعقة صغيرة ملح -١ ملعقة صغيرة كمون – جوز (عين الجمل) . طريقة التحضير: 1- يوضع البصل والبندورة في محضرة الطعام وتفرم لمدة دقيقة. 2- يضاف خليط البندورة والبصل للبرغل وتترك مدة 10 دقائق. 3- يضاف دبس الفليفلة الحمراء والملح والمكون. 4- يدعك الخليط جيدا بالجرن الحجري ويعجن حتى نحصل على عجينة طرية متماسكة. أنا قمت بطحنه على ماكينة الطحن. 5- نضيف زيت الزيتون وتشكل الكبة كأقراص طولية أو كرات دائرية حسب الرغبة. 6- تزين بحبات الجوز والبقدونس وتقدم مع زيتون الزيتون. ملاحظات : – يمكن طحن الجوز واضافته لخليط الكبة. – أردت أن أقدم الطريقة التقليدية للكبة بدون استخدام ماكينة الطحن. صحتين! . . . . #thewizardofyum #arabic_flavour #syria #lebanon #levantine #arabicfood #instafoodie #foodstagram #instafood #foodpic #recipe #onmytable #foodoftheday #abudhabimoms #uaemoms #abudhabifoodies #inabudhabi #abudhabi #dubai #uae #shotoniphone

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Ten Minute Dough

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The 10 Minutes Dough.. ⭐️ I received a lot of messages asking for the dough recipe I used to make pizza in my story earlier today, so here it is! . English recipe below and Arabic recipe in first comment. Don’t be scared of it’s stickiness when you start working with it, just dust your working surface with flour and keep stretching and folding till it becomes smooth, soft & fluffy. Happy Kneading! . The 10 Minutes Dough Phase 1: – 2 cups warm water – 2 cups flour, sifted – 1 tbsp sugar – 2 tbsp instant yeast – 3 tbsp powdered milk – 3 tbsp plain yoghurt … Phase 2: – 1/2 cup oil – 3 cups sifted flour with a pinch of salt … Method: – Dissolve the sugar in some warm water then add the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes to insure the yeast is activated and doubles in size. – Mix all the ingredients of phase 1 by hand or in a stand mixer till well incorporated. The result will be more thin and runny. – Add the ingredients of phase 2 and keep kneading for 10 minutes, till you get a soft and fluffy dough that doesn’t stick to the hand. – Let the dough rest for 10-40 minutes in an oiled deep large bowl to double in size. The dough can be cut before or after resting. It is important to coat the dough with a bit of oil to prevent the cut pieces from sticking together. – Spread the dough in any shape you prefer and let it rest for 10 minutes, then add the ingredients you prefer. – If you are using this dough to make something sweet, you may add one or two extra tablespoons of sugar in phase 1. . . . . #thewizardofyum #goosfraba #woosah #pizza #dough #10minutesdough #soft #fluffy #recipe #instafoodie #feedfeed #foodstagram #instafood #foodpic #recipe #onmytable #foodoftheday #abudhabimoms #uaemoms #abudhabifoodies #inabudhabi #abudhabi #dubai #uae #shotoniphone #عجينة_العشر_دقايق #عجينه #عجين

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