The recipe for this popular Egyptian morning dish is based on one that appears in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000).
- 2 cups small brown Egyptian fava beans
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1⁄2 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
- 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 6 scallions, roughly chopped
- 2 plum tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
- 2 lemons, quartered
- Extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
- In a large bowl, cover the fava beans with 6 cups water and refrigerate overnight.
- Drain fava beans and transfer to a 2-quart saucepan along with the garlic, cumin, chile flakes, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are soft and the liquid has thickened, about 2 1⁄2 hours.
- Mash about one-third of the beans against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon to help thicken the stew. Season with salt. Drizzle extra water into stew if it becomes too thick.
- Divide the stew between 4–6 bowls. Garnish each with some of the cilantro, parsley, scallions, tomatoes, and lemons. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with flatbread, if you like.