Spicy Damietta-style fuul

Spicy Damietta-style fuul

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From
Cairo Kitchen
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Jonathan Gregson

One of the most important sea ports in Egypt, Damietta is another culturally and commercially significant city. Its strategic location, with both Nile and Mediterranean shores, gives Damietta the advantage of having access to fishing and agriculture and a wealth of ingredients. Damietta residents have their own style of cooking and are famous for their white cheese, while even their fuul has a unique taste.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
500g canned fava beans, drained and the liquid reserved
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 fresh hot chilli, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
2 tablespoons tahina paste
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt
1 tomato, chopped

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
flatbreads
handful rocket
spring onions
lemon wedges
red chillies

Method

  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and onion and sauté over a medium heat in the oil until soft, but not browned.
  2. Add the tomato and cook for about 3 minutes until it softens. Add the fava beans, cumin, chilli, chilli powder and tahina paste. Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until heated through, adding some of the reserved fava bean liquid to prevent the mixture drying out and stirring a little to mash. Season to taste.
  3. Pour into a serving dish and top with the lemon juice, fresh parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve hot with baladi breads, rocket, spring onions, lemon wedges and red chillies.
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Egyptian
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