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Recipe for ful medames (Egyptian fava bean stew)

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Serves 4 with leftovers

2  tablespoons olive oil 

1  large onion, chopped 

4  cloves garlic, chopped 


2  teaspoons ground cumin 

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2 1/2  teaspoons crushed red pepper 

3  tablespoons sesame seeds 

6  cans (15 ounces each) fava beans, drained and rinsed 

 Grated rind and juice of 4 lemons 


3 1/2  cups water 

 Salt and black pepper, to taste 

1/2  cup chopped fresh parsley 

 Olive oil (for sprinkling) 

1. In a large flameproof casserole over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes.


2. Stir in the cumin and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in sesame seeds. Cook 1 minute more.

3. Add the fava beans, lemon rind and juice, and water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, set on the cover askew, and simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Remove 1/3 of the bean mixture from the pot. With a potato masher, mash the beans. Stir the mashed beans back into pot. Season with salt and pepper. Remove 2 cups of the stew for the pita pockets.

5. Ladle the remaining stew into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and olive oil. Serve with a crusty loaf. Karoline Boehm Goodnick