Egyptian Fool (Fava Beans) Traditional Breakfast

“This is a very common food here in Egypt. Due to its cost, which is extremely low, it is a popular dish for many. With this recipe you can enjoy a traditional Egyptian breakfast in the comfort of your home! There is a LONG way to make this too, using dried fava beans and soaking and then cooking, this recipe makes it A LOT easier and in my opinion is even better! Enjoy!”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (16 ounce) can fava beans (you can find at any middle eastern store, maybe even like a trader joe's or organic store)
  • 1 small lemon, juice of, only
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or any oil you prefer)
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 onion (Small size and chopped- optional, if you don't want to use just skip step number 1)
  • pita bread


  1. Chop up a small onion with a bit of oil and sauté in small pot until tender, remove from heat.
  2. Open can of fava beans and dump into pot, along with juices, do not drain.
  3. Take a potato smasher and smash up the fava beans. I leave a few whole, but basically smash up most of them.
  4. Add salt, ground cumin and cayenne pepper to your liking.
  5. Squeeze juice of lemon into pot.
  6. Add a splash of olive oil.
  7. Heat just to boil and then that's it.
  8. Spoon some beans into a flat bowl, splash some oil on top of them. I like to add the following garnish, but you can leave garnish out and just eat that way they are just as yummy too.
  9. This is something I do sometimes to this dish as well-MY SPECIAL GARNISH. 1. Chop a few slices of red onion fine. 2. Chop a small (or half) green bell pepper finely. 3. Chop a handful of black olive slices finely. 4. Chop a small tomato finely. 5. A little bit of chopped parsley 6. Drizzle of tahina.
  10. Okay now you add all these finely chopped veggies around the bowl edge and finish off with a drizzle of tahina in middle of bowl. Looks beautiful! Then i mix all together and eat it mixed up!

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