Ful Medames is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from fava beans, usually eaten for breakfast with a piece of flatbread. It’s easy, delicious, and nourishing. My version, Sprouted Ful Medames, includes using sprouted fava beans to increase the nutrients and digestibility of the beans.
My family loves to eat this dish on weekend mornings. You can find people lined up in little shops all over Riyadh to buy “Ful and Tamees”.
Ful= cooked fava beans.
Tamees= huge pieces of flatbread.
They call it the “poor man’s breakfast” as you can feed 3-4 people on just 3 Saudi riyals (less than $1). They slow cook the Ful in these enormous metal pots…
And they serve the Ful with freshly cooked Tamees from huge igloo-shaped ovens…
The first time my daughter saw tamees, someone was carrying it high above her head so she could just see the underneath of the bread…and wondered why we were having pizza for breakfast!
I make my version of Ful with sprouted fava beans. Not only is Sprouted Ful Medames more delicious than store-bought, but sprouting the beans is an easy and fun task (especially for kids!) which makes the beans so much healthier for you.
Sprouted Ful Medames…why Should I sprout my beans?
- sprouting increases the protein, vitamins, and fiber in the beans.
- makes the beans easier to digest.
- helps our body to absorb minerals in the beans.
- provides anti-cancer benefits.
- lowers the calorie content.
- reduces allergens.
- makes the legumes more alkalizing.
- provides a fun science experiment for your kids!
Read more here about how to sprout your own legumes. To save time, I like to sprout large batches of beans and store in the freezer.
You can used canned fava beans for this recipe, but be aware that many brands use the chemical BPA in the lining of their cans. BPA is a dangerous chemical with a long list of frightening side effects (such as cancer, hyperactivity, infertility, and diabetes).