Ful is another delightful breakfast option that everyone can enjoy. Ful is a well-loved dish consumed in a lot of countries in the Middle-East and Africa, including Ethiopia. This flavorful dish is typically consumed for breakfast, but can also be eaten for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients Required to Make Ful

  • 1 (14-ounce) can fava beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium yellow (or red) onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 medium tomato (Roma works well), chopped with seeds
  • 2 teaspoons berbere spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 jalapeños, deseeded and diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons (total) chopped onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Ful (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Place the fava beans in a small pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir, then cook until the beans are fully cooked and mushy, about 8–10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, mash the beans, and set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, add the diced onions and oil. Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the grated ginger and diced garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until just beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, berbere spice, and ground cumin to the skillet. Stir well to ensure the dried spices do not clump up. Cook until the spices are cooked and the tomatoes begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add the deseeded and diced jalapeños to the skillet. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the mashed fava beans and salt to taste. Mix well by mashing the beans and incorporating them into the sauce. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, just to warm everything through and combine the flavors.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with the chopped onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños (if using).
  8. Serve the Ethiopian Fava Bean Stew with French bread or your favorite whole grain bread. You can also top it with a hard-boiled egg cut in half if desired.

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Ful Recipe

Ful (Ethiopian Spicy Fava Beans) Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sara Seife Course: Snacks, Breakfast, SaladsCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

5

servings

Ful is another delightful breakfast option that everyone can enjoy. Ful is a well-loved dish consumed in a lot of countries in the Middle-East and Africa, including Ethiopia. This flavorful dish is typically consumed for breakfast, but can also be eaten for lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can fava beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 medium yellow (or red) onion, diced

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • 4 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 medium tomato (Roma works well), chopped with seeds

  • 2 teaspoons berbere spice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 jalapeños, deseeded and diced

  • Salt, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Garnish (made from chopped onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños, optional)

Directions

  • Place the fava beans in a small pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir, then cook until the beans are fully cooked and mushy, about 8–10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, mash the beans, and set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, add the diced onions and oil. Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the grated ginger and diced garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until just beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, berbere spice, and ground cumin to the skillet. Stir well to ensure the dried spices do not clump up. Cook until the spices are cooked and the tomatoes begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the deseeded and diced jalapeños to the skillet. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mashed fava beans and salt to taste. Mix well by mashing the beans and incorporating them into the sauce. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, just to warm everything through and combine the flavors.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with the chopped onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños (if using).
  • Serve the Ethiopian Fava Bean Stew with French bread or your favorite whole grain bread. You can also top it with a hard-boiled egg cut in half if desired.

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Sara Seife
Sara Seife

Sara is a blogger, nutritionist, and recipe engineer who loves to create and share Ethiopian food recipes and guides. She is the Chief Editor of The Ethiopian Food, an online platform that aims to help people all over the world learn about and enjoy Ethiopian cuisine. Sara is passionate about sharing her love of Ethiopian food and culture with others, and she hopes that her recipes and guides will help people to create delicious and authentic Ethiopian meals at home.

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