A bowl of ful, Egyptian fava beans, with a spoon scooping some of the beans out
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Ful medammes

Ful medames is Egypt’s number one national dish. Here is an easy slow cooker ful medames recipe with some serving suggestions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Soaking time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Egyptian, Middle East
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Amira Ibrahim


  • 1 -12 oz- (340g) dry fava beans.
  • 3 Tablespoons (35g) uncooked rice.
  • Tablespoons  uncooked red lentils.
  • 1 Roma tomato quartered.
  • garlic cloves.
  • Boiled water to cover.


  • Wash and pick up the fave beans. Soak the beans in enough water to cover for 4-6 hours or preferably overnight. Note1
  • Drain beans and add to your slow cooker.
  • Add all other ingredients then cover with boiled water.
  • Let it cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • Check the beans for doneness and water level every now and then.

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice, cumin, salt and more olive oil. See post above for more ideas


Note1: You can add a teaspoon of baking soda to the soaking water. This is a tip from the grannies to ease with digestion. Try to change water at least once during the soaking period.
Nutrition Facts
Ful medammes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.5g2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Carbohydrates 69.9g23%
Fiber 25.5g106%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28.2g56%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.9g | Protein: 28.2g | Fat: 1.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Fiber: 25.5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg