Sunday 13 December 2015


Using Ethiopian Mitmita and Berbere spice blends from my RawSpiceBar box (click here to read my full review), I had a blast creating this delicious meal. Ful Medames is essentially a serving of fava beans with lots of garlic and olive oil, and topped with fresh ingredients; it is usually served with bread and is eaten throughout East Africa in countries such as Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and of course, Ethiopia.

- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup red onion (minced)
- 1 tsp Ethiopian Mitmita
- 1 tsp Berbere spice
- 2 cups cooked fava beans
- salt to taste
- 1 stalk green onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 large tomato (diced)
- 1/2 cup roasted mushrooms (chopped)
- red chilli (finely chopped)

Place a large pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, and fry the garlic and onion until tender. Add the mitmita and berbere spices and cook for another 1 minute. Add the cooked fava beans and 1 cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and mash the beans until you have a mushy consistency. Season to taste and return to the heat for another 2 minutes, stirring continuously.

Serve the mashed beans with a topping of chopped green onions, tomato, mushroom, red chilli, and an extra drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle some extra berbere over top and enjoy! Can be served with bread rolls.

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