Traditional Foul BelKhalta

By shahdan • October 23, 2015

4 servings
30 min
Traditional Foul BelKhalta

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This traditional foul belKhalta is a family favourite recipe, that we find much tastier than the ready-made options. It is a quick fix for breakfast or dinner if you have it prepared in advance and covered in the fridge.

This recipe uses 4 cups of cooked beans (see simple Foul Medammes recipe here). You may use 2 cans of beans instead, although we strongly recommend the homemade version.

It’s time to give homemade foul a chance!


  • 4 cup fava beans (cooked) - فول مدمس
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (plus a drizzle at the end) - زيت زيتون
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped) - بصلة
  • 1 large tomato (chopped) - طماطم
  • 2 medium lime - ليمون بلدي
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin - كمون
  • 1 tablespoon tahini - طحينة
  • salt and pepper (to taste) - ملح و فلفل
  • 1 medium spring onion (optional) - بصلة خضراء

Step by step

  1. In a pot, drizzle oil and cook onions on medium heat (stirring occasionally) until soft (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Then add chopped tomatoes and cook them with the onions for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked fava beans, then lower the heat and leave them to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. While the beans are cooking, add the cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  5. When the beans are hot and bubbly, add the tahini.
  6. Use a handheld blender to blend the beans until smooth (if that's the consistency you prefer).
  7. Serve in a bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil, a little extra cumin, and some chopped green onions for an extra kick.


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