Middle Eastern Ful Mudammas With Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite ways to make and eat ful mudammas, a popular dish in the Middle East, most often eaten for breakfast, but enjoyed for other meals and snacks as well. If I eat ful mudammas, I'll be "full" most of the day.  It's also commonly spelled as "foul" but pronounced like "fool." The odd spelling variants are due to transliteration from Arabic to English. Mudammas may also be spelled mudamas, medammas, medamas, medames, and so on.

Ful mudammas are small fava beans that are typically smashed lightly as they cook, or even smashed into a puree much like refried beans.  In this recipe, the beans are not smashed at all, they are simmered down and left whole and intact.

Stove Top
Skillet or Sauce Pan
20-30 Minutes

1 Can Ful Mudammas, Undrained
1 Tomato
1/4 Lemon, Juice Only
Options: Garlic Powder, Cumin, Red Pepper
Olive Oil

  • Dice tomatoes and saute lightly in a pan with a small amount of hot cooking oil.

  • Season lightly with salt and pepper. Not too much salt, as there will be some in the can of beans.
  • Cook the tomatoes until they are soft and starting to turn almost to a paste.
  • Add the can of ful, undrained, and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes until the can juices and tomatoes have cooked down into a thick gravy and are no longer soupy. The ful, which are slightly tough in the can, will not have softened nicely.
  • Add your choice of spices, which are commonly either garlic, cumin or red pepper, or some combination of those. I usually use just garlic. 
  • Remove from heat and squeeze the lemon juice over the beans and stir to combine.
  • Place in a shallow serving dish or deep plate and top with a nice amount of good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Cook tomatoes until soft and thick.
After adding the beans, it will be very soupy.
Cook until the juice  is like a thick sauce or gravy.

With large pita, onions, lemon, cucumber slices and chai.
1. Serve with pita bread or flat bread. Ful is typically eaten with the bread as the utensil, by tearing off small pieces of bread and pinching the beans with the bread between the fingers.
2. Raw, sliced onions are a nice complement to the beans. They also go nicely with lemon wedges, cucumber slices, tomato slices and lemon wedges.


  1. I love this ful! This looks delicious. Have you thought about linking up on the Frugal Follies page for Frugal Food Thursdays? This would be perfect! :) http://www.frugalfollies.com/

  2. Thanks, it is, we ate it twice in the same week! I used to only eat mine smashed, and when hubby wanted them like this (apparently popular in Egypt), I was resistant. Now it's my favorite.

    Thanks for the link idea, I hadn't seen that blog before. I'm checking it out now, I always need more frugal tips!


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