At Mississippi Market, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity and food and farming traditions that immigrants bring to our community. Today we’re highlighting a traditional recipe from Sudan.

Sudan is as diverse and colorful in its cuisine and dietary traditions as its climate. The cuisine is a blend of many backgrounds and cultures, and Central Sudan is home to the most diverse food traditions. One dietary staple is a type of bread called kisra – a thin fermented bread made of durra or corn, and is often served with a stew.

Another popular dish served in Sudan is ful medames (also spelled foul medames) – a recipe made with cooked and mashed fava beans. It is both flavorful and nutritious!

Ful Medames


  • 1 can of fava beans
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • In a sauce pot, combine fave beans (with liquid), minced garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Drain excess liquid and coarsely mash fava beans with fork. Return to low heat.
  • Add tahini and salt.
  • Add water and olive oil, one tablespoon at a time, and stir to desired consistency.
  • Add more water or olive oil, if needed. Serve ful for breakfast with hot pita bread.

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