Foul Mudammas is a Middle Eastern broad bean or fava bean dip made with tomato, onion, garlic, lemon and tahini. Served as a breakfast food or part of the Middle Eastern Mezze.
As I grew up in Jordan, Foul Mudammas was always a staple food in our house. Every Friday, my Mother would send one of my brothers to the local “Falafel restaurant” with a couple of bowls to bring a bowl of Hummus and another with Foul Mudammas along with a paper bag filled with falafel balls.
Fridays are family days in Jordan, and breakfast always had to be Hummus with Falafel and Foul Mudammas. And that is also the way it was in every other Jordanian household. It’s a Jordanian tradition.
However, we always cooked Foul Mudammas at home quite often using either canned broad beans or dried ones. As we moved to the UK, my husband and I always make this lovely bean at home to have not just for breakfast but also for lunch or dinner.
Pronounced as “Fool Mda-mas”. Fool Medamas is not just a Jordanian thing, it’s also very popular in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon. In Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon it’s prepared the same way as we, Jordanians, do. In Egypt, I believe that more veggies are added to the mixture and it’s topped with boiled eggs.
My preferred way to make foul is to start with dried broad beans and soak them overnight. Soaking them overnight will result in a softer velvety dip and I also find the presoaked beans easier to digest.
DRIED FAVA BEANS
I usually use dried fava beans, and pre-soak them overnight before cooking. When there’s no time to soak the beans, I use canned. There are 2 kinds of dried fava beans, small fava beans and larger ones. The small ones seem to taste a bit sweeter than the large ones and they’re also cheaper. The bigger beans are more common.
HOW TO COOK BROAD BEANS/FAVA BEANS FROM DRIED IN THE INSTANT POT
If you’re using dried beans then soak them overnight or for at least 5-6 hours, then cook them either over the stovetop or in a pressure cooker (I use my Instant Pot) until they’re soft and mushy. Add onion wedges, a bay leaf, cumin and salt to the water before cooking. In the Instant Pot, I cook the broad beans for 20 minutes on high pressure and do a quick release.
HOW TO COOK PREPARE THE CANNED BROAD BEANS FOR FOUL MUDAMMAS
If you’re using canned broad beans, then the easiest way to do it is to either open the can and place the can directly over the stovetop to reheat it (this is how it’s usually done in Jordan), but if you’re worried about food safety then just add the beans to a saucepan and heat them, or to a microwave safe bowl and reheat in the microwave.
HOW TO MAKE FOUL MUDAMMAS
This is very easy! You will need the following ingredients:
Cooked broad beans
Salt to taste
And olive oil to garnish
To make the broad bean dip, simply place all of the ingredients in a food processor and whizz until you get a creamy mixture. Add some water if needed (or some of the reserved water from cooking dried beans).
MIDDLE EASTERN MEZZE
In Jordan, we LOVE our mezze! Mezze means a set of small plates with different appetiser-like dishes that are served before the main meal arrives. There are many vegetarian and vegan mezze plates like this Foul Mudammas, but a few are meaty.
Popular Middle Eastern Mezza includes:
And many more…
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Broad Bean Dip (Foul Mudammas)
To cook the broad beans
- 200 grams 1 cup dried broad beans/fava beans
- 1/2 onion wedges
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp ground cumin
To make the dip
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil to garnish
- Soak the beans overnight or for at least 5-6 hours, then cook them in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes. Add onion, bay leaves and ground cumin to the water before cooking. Cook until they're soft and mushy. Reserve some of the liquid to use later.
- In a food processor, place the cooked broad beans along with garlic, tahini, lemon, onion, tomato, cumin and salt. Add some of the reserved liquid, but not too much so you don't get a runny dip. Whizz until a creamy dip forms.
- Serve in a bowl, drizzle some olive oil and top with a few cooked whole broad beans. You could also garnish with sumac, chopped parsley, chilli, paprika... Enjoy with pita bread.