Ful Masala

Sauteed Beans are my favorite during these wintry seasons. One such dish that I usually prepare when Fava beans are available in the market is Ful masala.

Ful (fool) in Arabic are called as Fava beans or broad beans in English. Ful-Roti was my favorite combination during my stay in Saudi Arab. Most of the restaurants in Saudi sell Ful and we enjoyed it along with Tameiz, a kind of delicious bread sold in the Saudi markets. My friend had posted the recipe for Tameiz sometime back on her blog.

Cooked Ful /Fava Beans

Dried Fava beans are available in Walmart Supercentres, and usually at many middle-eastern grocery shops. 

These beans have a meaty texture and a distinct taste. I sometimes add the puree of fava beans to curries as it adds body, thickness and nutrition to gravy curries.

Ful Masala – Fava Beans in a Tomato-Garlic Sauce


  • Extra Virgin Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Yellow Onion – 1 cup, finely sliced
  • Garlic – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Roasted Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tomato puree – 3/4 cup
  • Tomato Ketchup – 3 tbsp
  • Fava beans – 1 can
  • Cilantro – 1 tbsp (for garnish)

Ful Masala – Fava Beans in a Tomato-Garlic Sauce


  • Drain and rinse the fava beans if you are using canned fava beans, and keep aside. If using dried fava beans, wash and soak them in surplus water overnight in a cool dark place. Drain the water. Using fresh cool salted water, pressure cook them until soft. Keep aside.
  • Pour oil into a nonstick kadai or wok at medium high heat. As it warms up, add the onion and let it caramelize until nicely golden brown in color. 
  • Add garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt. Pour the tomato puree and tomato ketchup. Mix well. Let it cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the fava beans and gently mix with the tomato sauce. Cover the lid and let cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

Suggested Accompainments: Enjoy Ful along with Tameiz, Pita bread, or your regular Roti or Rice.


10 thoughts on “Ful Masala

  1. As salam alaikum Mona.i’d like to know if you have tried d receipe for tameez.how does it come out?indeed,the pleasures of tameez-ful wen i was in Saudi are incomparable even thoh oh-so-simple.

    WaAlaiKumAsSalaam Fatima, I haven’t yet tried it, but inshallah I plan to. ~Mona

  2. stunning colours, very autumn-y.
    Approx. how long does it need to pressure cook?

    Rashmi, Soak the dried beans overnight, and presuure cook for approx 20 minutes. The timing may differ depending on the size of pressure cooker and the amount of water, etc. ~Mona

  3. Hey Mona, so nice to see foul on your blog today. I just bought some yesterday, n absolutely love them. I like to drizzle some tahini on the top and a squeeze of lime to finish it off. Not to mention some fresh khabbus from the bakery …yum …my mouth is watering. Think i’ll make it tomorrow. 🙂

    Oh, Kate, I love ful-salad too, yummy-yummy! ~Mona

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