Fuul nabit (Syrian Broad Beans Street Food) )

Ful Nabit is a common street food in Syria, the liquid is usually served in a glass recipient, which is uncommon for street food and the broad beans are eaten almost like nuts, peeling the skin off each one with the mouth. Fun to eat with friend as it will definitely offer a different dimension to your dinner!


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1 lb dried broad beans
2 large onions
1 tsp cumin powder
10-15 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 bunch of parsley
salt & pepper


  • Cut the onions in quarters
  • Germinate the beans until about 1 ½ inches or more (choose from the two options):

(a) soak the beans in an earthenware or glass container for 4-6 days, rinsing and changing the water every 12 hours.
(b) soak the beans for 24 hours, then rinse, drain, and cover the beans with a wet cloth, repeating this procedure for 4-6 days,

1. Place the beans in a pot with the onions, cover with water and boil for 20-30 minutes.

2. Add cumin, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, and lemon juice and boil for another 5-7 minutes.

3. To test if cooked, squeeze bean between thumb and finger. If the skin comes off easily, the beans are ready.

4. Remove from heat and spoon into glass or ceramic container together with the liquid. Let cool, then add chopped parsley.

5. To serve, drain and serve the juice in small cups (optional). It is customary to eat the beans without their outside covering-bite on the bean, press into mouth, and discard the skin.



The difference between the two methods is a stronger nutty taste in the latter-as the beans in the first method are soaked in water for 4-6 days, they become softer and therefore absorb the juices better.
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