Friday, January 28, 2011

Foul (Ful) Moudamas { egyptian fava bean breakfast - south beach diet friendly }

Foul moudamas, ful mudammas, foul mudammas, fool medames ... However you choose to spell it, it means the same thing. This is an Egyptian and Middle Eastern breakfast fava bean recipe that is simple and delicious. I've seen other versions on the web but this is the way my mom makes it. Since legumes are allowed in phase one of both The South Beach Diet and Atkins, this is a great choice for breakfast if you're tired of eating eggs.

4 servings

1 9oz can brown fava beans (or fava / chickpea mix) with liquid
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon olive oil

Place the can of beans (including liquid) into a pot. Bring it up to a simmer then add the garlic. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh pita bread.

Tip: You can soak and cook your own beans if you want but canned ones are very tasty. My mom serves it with a plate of fresh cucumber slices, tomato slices, radishes and some fresh herbs. I've tried making it with black beans and it tastes good, but it's not the same.

- foul (ful) moudamas -

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