Ful Medames (فول مدمس) is a dish of fava beans with vegetable oil, cumin, and sometimes parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper and other vegetables, herbs & spices. It’s a staple food in Egypt, especially in the North. It’s also served in countries such as Djibouti, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Saudi Arabia.
Shahan Ful is a dish common in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, and other parts of the Horn of Africa. It’s generally served for breakfast. It’s made with fava beans, served with green onions, tomatoes, and hot green peppers, sometimes yogurt, feta, olive oil, tesmi, berbere, lemon juice, cumin, and chili peppers, and eaten using bread for utensils. It’s similar to Egyptian Ful Medames.
When we are eating a vegetarian diet it can get expensive because, ironically, in America, processed food is often cheaper than raw food. Another worry people have is getting enough of the “right” protein. In Mexico, Central and South America the answer is often beans and corn (maize).
Canned beans are expensive for those of us on a budget but dried beans are one of the cheapest foods available. Many people don’t like to deal with the overnight soaking and long cooking times to get beans tender. Well a pressure cooker works well but if you don’t have one this works just as well.
1 pound pinto beans, well-rinsed ½ Tablespoon salt ¾ Tablespoon garlic salt ¼ Tablespoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 275 °. In an oven safe pot cover the beans with 1 ½ inch of water and bring to a boil on the stove top.
Add salt and cover tightly. Bake in the oven for 75 minutes. Remove from the oven add garlic salt and black pepper and boil for twenty minutes.
With a potato masher mash beans leaving some whole.
You can then refrigerate the beans and then use them on tacos, with eggs for breakfast, with cheese on top, as a substitute for fava beans in ful medames or ask a quick healthy snack on a corn tortilla.
Due to huge ivory trade the Africa and Asia elephant numbers are depleted during 20th century on words. In some areas population where stable and growing. Every year in the month of Medam (Mid April -Mid-May) Kerala celebrate elephant festival as per the Malayalam Calendar. Elephants are used for religious activity (festival) in temple and other work for timber yards. Most of the Hindu temple in Kerala owned elephants. Famous Guruvayur temple owned 60 elephants. The famous elephant in Kerala named Guruvayur Keshavan owned by this temple. One of the most celebrated festivals in Kerala is the ThrissurPuram which attracts thousands of spectators during the festive time.
Kerala has 700 elephants. Most of them are tuskers. Unlike the African elephants, Asian elephants have tusks only in male.
Travelers can also visit Kodanad and Konni, two villages in Kerala where baby elephants are domesticated.