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.