Similar to hummus, this creamy fava bean dip is often served for breakfast in Syria. It consists of tender cooked dried favas, mixed with either tahini or lemon juice (or both), then topped with a swirl of olive oil and Aleppo pepper paste. In Aleppo, entire cafés are devoted to it. One of Anissa Helou's favorites is Abu Abdo's, in the Christian quarter. "Abu works nonstop from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., deftly ladling ful from a large copper jar into bowls or plastic bags for takeout," she says. This is her adaptation.
Slideshow: Fast and Easy Ethnic Recipes