Magic in the Kitchen: Foul B'zait

If you're looking for a simple and nutritious breakfast dish, then why not the traditional broad beans in olive oil (Foul B'zait) dish? Not only is it healthy, it's also very easy to make and is very filling. If you cook the beans in a pressure cooker, this dish takes only 5 minutes. Cooking in a regular saucepan will take about 20 minutes. Here's what you need.


- 1 1/2 kilogram of broad beans, which makes up to about 3 cups of hulled beans
- 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup fresh coriander
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 3-4 cloves of garlic


  • Fry the beans on a high temperature in olive oil, which should be enough to slightly cover the beans. Fry until the beans pop their skins and begin to look transparent.
  • Sprinkle the beans with the sugar, as this helps them retain their bright green color.
  • Close your pressure cooker and cook under pressure for 5 minutes. In a regular pot, turn the heat down to very low and steam the beans until they're done. You'll be able to tell by their softness. Add a few drops of water to keep the beans from sticking to each other or becoming too dry.
  • After the beans are cooked, stir into them the garlic that should have been pounded with the salt in a mortar earlier.
  • Chop the stems and leaves of coriander and pound them lightly to release the oils. Stir this into the beans and then pour the beans out onto a platter.
  • You can serve this dish hot or cold. It can be served with plain yogurt and Arabic bread, or as a vegetable dish next to meat.