Fava beans


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Tekebash & Saba: Recipes from the Horn of Africa

By Saba Alemayoh

Published 2023

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One of my father’s favourite dishes was ful – a staple breakfast in Sudan. You can buy it ready-made at local corner shops or make it from scratch. There is a basic ful, or the gourmet variety where you add Tamia (falafel), feta and even boiled eggs.


  • 3 cups (500 g) dried broad beans (fava beans), soaked overnight or until soft
  • olive oil, for cooking and serving


Drain the water from the broad beans and put them in a large saucepan. Cover with water, bring to the boil and cook for 20–30 minutes.

Drain the beans and use a potato masher to smash to a chunky consistency.

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