Ful Medames: A Classic Syrian Breakfast

Ful (“fo-ol”) Medames is a traditional Syrian breakfast and a staple in other Middle-Eastern countries like Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco. For starters, this meal is entirely vegan and easy to prepare while also very filling. Savory and hearty, it’s a breakfast meal that my family and I enjoy during Sunday brunch. Keep reading for the recipe, and make sure you check out our other recipes here.

Disclaimer: I do not include exact measurements below. How much to add of each ingredient depends on personal preferences. 

Servings: 2

Time: 20 minutes


  • Parsley
  • Green onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Fava beans (canned)
  • Chickpeas (canned)
  • Lemon
  • Chile powder or jalapeño (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Salt & pepper
So delicious!


  • First, bring water in a pot to a boil.
  • Then, add salt and garlic to the pot (for taste).
  • Rinse and strain canned fava beans and chickpeas; boil them in the pot of water for 5 minutes.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes, parsley, and onions, set aside.
  • Squeeze juice from the lemon and set aside.
  • Collect beans and pot water into a bowl.
  • Aliquot equal amounts of chopped tomatoes, parsley, and onions to the bowl.
  • Pour some lemon juice & olive oil into the bowl.
  • Add chile powder or jalapeño slices (optional) and lots of cumin. (mmmm, never enough, cumin!)
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! This Syrian breakfast is a staple in my household and one of my favorite meals to eat! Feel free to share it with your friends and family. Check more recipes out here!


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