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Weekend Breakfast Ful bi Laban (Bean with yoghurt sauce)

Friday is the weekend and the day of rest for Syrians. On Friday morning, breakfast is served late in the morning, more like a brunch, before people head for Friday's prayer around midday. Friday's meal is usually breakfast items: olives, white cheese and labneh. But it would not be a proper weekend breakfast if it didn't include Hummus Fatteh, FulMudamas or Ful bi Laban.

FulMudamas is a vegetarian warm broad bean salad dish eaten as a filling breakfast or a nice supper. Although FulMudamas is the official name of the dish we hardly ever use this name. We simply refer to it as a generic Ful or we call it by the name of its two variations, Ful bi Laban (youghurtFul) made with a youghrt sauce or Ful bi Ziet (oil ful)which looks more like a salad and uses more olive oil.


For this recipe you can use home cooked dry broad beans or you can buy tinned ful.

Broad beans are high in protein, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.



Ful (or Ful and Chickpeas) tin

One large tomato

Garlic 1-2 cloves

arabic yoghurt 200g

Tahini 2-3 tbsp





Olive oil



Heat the beans with water in a pot or simply empty the can contents into a bowl, cover and microwave for two minutes. Drain the beans and let cool down . They need to be warm but not too hot as the yoghurt will curdle.

Mix the yogurt, tahini, crushed garlic, salt and squeeze of a lemon and mix together. The mixture will stiffen because of the tahini. Add a little bit of water at a time and whisk.

Chop the tomato and add to the yoghurt sauce. Add the warm beans and mix together. Transfer to a large bowl or individual portions.

Decorate with paprika, chopped parsley and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Serve with warm bread, a quartered onion and some pickles.


Lara Khouli