Fool Nabed - Fava Bean Soup (Egyptian)

Easy - for beginners Serves: 4




  • 1 cup dried fava beans (or 4 cups canned fava or broad beans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • water, used to soak fava beans


1 Soak fava beans overnight. 2 Drain fava beans and save water. 3 Peel the skins from the fava beans and place in large saucepan. 4 Measure 6 cups of soaking water and add to the fava beans. 5 Bring to a boil on medium high heat. 6 Reduce heat to medium and cook for 45 minutes, or until beans are soft. 7 Once beans are tender, remove beans from heat and puree in a blender. 8 Return pureed fava beans to saucepan and bring to a boil. 9 Add water if needed. 10 Stir in cumin, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and bring to a second boil. 11 Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle parsley on top.

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