Ful Medames with Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, or broad beans, are in season again. I used to make this dish in Kanazawa when the fava beans (soramame, 空豆) came to market.

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Buying enough fresh fava beans in the pod to make a dish can be a challenge if you don’t have a baseline for measurements–and that’s assuming that all the beans are fully formed! A pound of pods ought to yield about 1 US cup, 10 oz., 280 g. The original recipe calls for canned beans, if that’s easier to measure. I also tend to serve this with one egg person for protein.

Oh, and I suppose you could serve this with a nice Chianti, but only if you pronounce it correctly.

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Japan Notes
In Japan, if there’s no weight marked on the package, one large pod is roughly 11 g / 0.4 oz.  For this recipe, you’ll need 30 oz (850 g / 3 cups) of fresh, shelled beans, about 80 pods. I often halve the recipe because of the cost and quantity of fresh beans and serve it as okazu.

Vegetarian, gluten free, and can be vegan if you ditch the egg.

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Ful Medames with Fresh Fava Beans

Adapted from Saveur‘s “Ful Medames (Stewed Fava Beans)”

Serves 2-4

Ingredients (see notes for translation)

30 oz / 3 cups / 850 g fresh fava beans, shelled (instructions below, step 1)
¼ cup (60 mL) fresh lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil (60 mL), plus more for garnish
2 tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne
4 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
hard-boiled eggs, cut into 6 wedges each
2 TBSP finely chopped parsley

Equipment

Blender or food processor
Silicone spatula

Procedure

1. Boil a pot of salted water and prepare an ice bath. Shuck the beans, then boil for one minute. Set in the ice bath; once the beans are cool, drain and remove the skin.

2. In a blender or food processor, add beans, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend into a chunky, hummus-like paste.

3. Transfer to a serving dish with a silicon spatula. Surround with egg wedges; drizzle with more oil; and garnish with parsley before serving.

Notes

fresh fava beans: soramame, 空豆
lemon juice: remon, レモン
olive oil: orîbu oiru, オリーブオイル
cumin: kumin, クミン
cayenne: kaiennu peppâ, カイエンヌペッパー
garlic: ninnniku, ニンニク
kosher salt: arashio, 粗塩
pepper: koshô, 胡椒
eggs: tamago, 卵
parsley: paseri, パセリ

food processor (fûdo purosessa, フードプロセッサ) or blender (mikisâ, ミキサー)
Silicone spatula (shirikon hera , シリコンヘラ)

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