A Fantastic Fool – Medamas

There have been remnants of fool medames uncovered in a number of the 12th Dynasty (1991-1786 B.C.) Pharonic tombs in Egypt.  This dish is one of the most common and popular forms of Egyptian street food, and probably the country’s national dish. It is typically a breakfast food, but it is best eaten during the weekend when you can take a nice nap afterwards, as the dish often makes you feel very full, sleepy and lethargic (and maybe “noisy” if you know what I mean.  Quick and incredibly easy.


30 min



Good for:

  • Light appetizer
  • Vegan dish
  • A filling breakfast dish


  • 1 can of store-bought fool medamas, or cooked small fava beans
  • 1/2 to 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 50g of parsley
  • ½ a tomato chopped

Kitchen things you’ll need:

  • Small bowl
  • Citrus juicer
  • Spatula

Making it:

  • Boil the fava beans/fool medamas
  • Add the lemon juice, salt, olive oil, tomatoes, parsley and garlic and mix
  • Serve right away with pita.


  • Might choose to add toppings like tomatoes, onions, chili pepper, or even a splash of clarified butter or extra fat. Not the healthiest but tastes amazing!

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