By Fahad
August 11, 2015
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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

Serves: 4

  • 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)
  1. Soak dried fava beans in enough water to cover them by an inch overnight.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Heat through and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, bread, labnah, and hummus.

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