Fooll A Mediterranean bean salad

Fooll|A Mediterranean Bean Salad Recipe

Fooll Mudamas is a Syrian weekly meal for Friday or Sunday mornings. It’s the equivalent of our Western style Sunday brunches or Sunday roast. It’s the meal that gets the whole family together. It’s something friends enjoy when they go our to have breakfast together. It’s not a meal people have everyday. It is reserved for the weekly Friday or Sunday breakfast or brunch. This meal is well know in the entire area. I will be sharing how we prepare it at home.

Many people in Aleppo used to go to Jdaydeh area in the old city where Abu Abdo Alfawal made the best fooll there is. I have some of the best memories with friends on a Saturday morning walking through the old city of Aleppo, walking around Aleppo Citadel (a historical site that dates back thousands of years) then stopping at Abu Abdo AlFawal for a yummy bean salad brunch. Everyone in Aleppo knows Abu Abdo AlFawal. And I mean everyone. 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes or less. It all depends on how fast you can chop the ingredients 😉

Ingredients:

  • a can of garbanzo beans – I personally use imported Lebanese cans that can be bought from Mediterranean grocery stores
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 green onion or small yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley – curly leaves works as well but flat leaf / Italian parsley is the type Syrians are familiar with
  • 1 tsp of cumin or to taste
  • 1 tsp of Aleppo chili flakes
  • 1 tsp of dried mint
  • 1 squeezed lemon or to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • at least 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat the beans to medium heat and add all ingredients except for veggies.
  2. Dice tomato and onions into small cubes.
  3. Chop parsley finely
  4. Take beans off heat and add chopped veggies
  5. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil

 

Serve with falafel, hummus, pita bread, turnip pickels and sweet onions. I like it just a salad with pita bread.

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