Good Eats

My friend Sharon introduced me to this Middle Eastern dish that she enjoyed when she was living in Yemen.  It is called “Ful” or “Fasoolia” and presumably there are other names depending on what country you are in.  It was very yummy:

4-6 servings 2 cups 25 min 5 min prep  

1 (15

ounce) can red kidney beans
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 small tomato, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno or any hot pepper, chopped (or cayenne)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  salt (be careful because the beans and tomatoe paste may be salted already)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
  water (for cooking)
  1. Saute onion ,tomatoes ,garlic ,and jalapeno in 2 tbsp oil or ghee until onion is transparent and tomatoes are softened.
  2. Add tomatoe paste and stir. Add a few tbsp water and stir again being careful not to let it burn. Turn heat to low and let it simmer for a minute.
  3. Pour in kidney beans along with 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add salt ,pepper ,and cumin.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes on low.

Add cilantro and cook until the dish thickens about another 5-10 minute The sauce should coat the back of the spoon.

 I doubled the recipe and used a can of white beans as well. I think it would be great using chick peas as well and maybe adding some cabbage.

It is traditionally eaten with some kind of bread or toast but I put ours over brown rice as well.


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