broad beans in Egypt
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Fava beans (Arabic: فول – Ful) are a common staple food in the Egyptian diet, eaten by rich and poor alike. Egyptians eat fava beans in various ways: they may be shelled and then dried, bought dried and then cooked by adding water in very low heat for several hours, etc. They are the primary ingredient in Ta`meyyah (Arabic: طعميه) (Egyptian Arabic for falafel). However, the most popular way of preparing them in Egypt is by taking the mashed, cooked beans and adding oil, garlic, lemon, salt and cumin to them. The dish, known as ful medames, is traditionally eaten with bread and onions (generally at breakfast) and is considered the Egyptian national dish.

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