The Fuul Effect

The other day, a Sudanese acquaintance recounted for me the tale of how Sudan’s love of Fuul came about. Fuul is the Sudanese staple; a paste made from Fava beans and served with sesame oil, white cheese and bread. It is mainly eaten as a breakfast food. According to my friend, Fuul was first introduced to Sudan by the British, who needed feed for their horses. Cheap, readily available and above all, extremely filling, Fuul seemed to be the perfect option. However, the hearty dish made for very sluggish horses. When the British realized this food could also be fed to humans, is where everything went wrong. Of course, humans did not need the same amount of beans to sustain them, but the effect was similar. After eating Fuul, productivity rates were at their lowest. Could this be the key to the lack of progress in Sudanese society, I ask myself? Why are people deliberately eating something for breakfast that will make them lethargic?

Fuul + Malesh/Bukra /Inshallah = Muskila!


  1. Ohhh, I made the mistake of accepting a colleague’s invitation to a pre-work breakfast of fuul last week… the rest of the day was a write off. I even had a fuul headache come noon, I guess from all the hard work my body was doing at that point… delicious, but not to be eaten if productivity is required!

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