Feeling Ful

Last Updated on Wednesday, 9 February 2011 04:53 Written by Flax Wednesday, 9 February 2011 04:50

Ful, known in english as fava beans, broad beans or horse beans are a staple in the Middle East and Africa.  In Egypt, Ful Mesdames, is the traditional breakfast food.  This is because a plate of ful fills you up.  I keep making a pun of it but I am convinced that they do have the same etymological source.

I think I have tried every single stupid fad diet in existence.  I learned math through counting calories.  I starved myself and did many other destructive things to my body.  While I may have lost weight, I always gained it right back along with a little bit more.  It took me about forty years but I finally realized something.  Diets don’t work.

What I finally understood is that I was overfed and malnourished.  The main reason I was overeating was because my diet was wrong for me and my body lacked nutrients.  Switching to non-processed foods, consuming less animal products, and eating more vegetables-especially sea vegetables, helped to cure my cravings and to cut down overeating. 

Eating excess amounts of animal protein is probably the main reason for the rising obesity problem.  Making the switch to a vegetable based diet instead of a meat/dairy based diet is not so easy.  One way to help the change-over is to eat high protein foods.  Legumes will help you to feel full while your liver is adjusting to the lighter eating pattern.

Fava beans are especially good at helping you to feel full.  This dish is the national Egyptian breakfast dish because it is so filling while also being a high energy food.   I highly recommend this dish for people who have a munching problem.  It’s hard to look at food after eating this dish, let alone eat anything.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fava beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 piece kombu
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp pickled lemon
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • Atlantic grey sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 5 sprigs coriander, chopped

Soak the fava beans overnight.  Drain and cover with fresh water.  Add the turmeric and kombu.  Bring to a boil, lower the flame and simmer for 2-4 hours, checking that the water doesn’t boil out. 

Remove the kombu, add the tomatoes, pickled lemon, and spices, and  bring to a boil.  Simmer for twenty  minutes more.  Remove from the flame, mix in the scallions, coriander and olive oil.  Use a hand blender or a fork to puree the beans to a chunky consistency.

Serve hot accompanied by pita and salad.

Serves 4-6

Enjoy!


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