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Author Notes: Foul is a comforting bean stew that is sold in small shops all over Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. It is typically eaten for breakfast and accompanied by tamis, a crispy and subtly sweet Saudi bread similar to afghani bread and naan. —Fahad
- 1 cup dried fava beans
- 4-6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1/2-1 teaspoons toasted cumin
- labnah and hummus (optional)
- Soak dried fava beans in enough water to cover them by an inch overnight.
- Drain the fava beans and add them into a pot with enough water to cover them by an inch. Cook on medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding water as necessary, until they fall apart and can easily be squished between two fingers.
- Fry the onion in the olive oil in a saucepan until translucent, then add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the tomato and fry for a couple minutes until broken down. Add 1 1/2 cups of the fava beans, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat through and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, bread, labnah, and hummus.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Middle Eastern Recipe