Foul–(pronounced Fool)

There are many kinds of Foul in the middle East. Foul is a dish comprised of fava beans which can be found at any middle eastern grocery store. In our area it is also available at the local co-op (natural foods store). Some Foul is eaten with very little added and other dishes are more elaborate. This is our family favorite!


1 can of foul

5 tomatoes, 3 chopped into big chunks and set aside, 2 chopped into small pieces and set aside.

1 bunch parsley, washed and chopped fine.

3 garlic cloves, Β 2 sliced and 1 minced

1 tsp. cumin

salt to taste

juice of 1 lemon

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1 cup plain yogurt

1 tbs. Tahini

1 clove garlic

juice of 1 lemon

salt to taste


Drain can of foul and place beans into a sauce pan, add 2 sliced cloves of garlic, add the 3 tomatoes that were cut into big chunks. Turn to medium heat and cook, smash some of the beans with a fork as they are cooking. Add salt and cumin, mix well. Let the tomatoes break down into a sauce.


Mix in 2 Tbs. of the chopped parsley. Turn off heat. Tomatoes should be broken

down into a sauce typeΒ mixture with the beans at this point. Add lemon juice from one lemon and stir in.

Take all of the sauce ingredients and blend them well in a blender or food processor.

Pour the Foul onto a plate and spread out. Top with tomatoes, mix 3 Tbs. chopped

parsley with remaining minced garlic and sprinkle on top.

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Pour sauce on top


Foul is typically eaten with Arabic bread.

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101 thoughts on “Foul–(pronounced Fool)

      1. It doesn’t even look like beans!! I have a child that swears he doesn’t like beans, If I could get him to eat something like this and he then declares how good it is I could possibly nip that in the bud!! I love using beans in recipes but he wont eat any of it.

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      1. Well, I’ll definitely go on your recommendation and try it out as soon as I’ve collected all the ingredients. Your presentation of food is great!


  1. My kind of food and a definite to make. By the way, did you know that where I come from (England) a Fool is a pudding made with cream and custard and fruit – often gooseberries or rhubarb. Like this Foul there are many many different versions and like this Foul it is pretty addictive stuff, the Fool πŸ™‚

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          1. But you could seriously right one …. I had an amazing one written by an English woman who moved with her tiny children to the mountains of Spain and then Southern France and years later one of her daughter’s died and she wrote this book about those years and all the food she had made and they had eaten as a family. Very beautiful, full of great recipes but a powerful story too. There you are – a bit of light work on the side for you πŸ˜‰

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