Egyptians love their food. Egyptian foods are devoid of heavy stuffing like spices, junk food items, starters. It lacks too much ‘embroidery work’. The simplicity of the food makes it unique, tasty, delicious and nutritious. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular Egyptian foods.
Shawarma is a type of doner kebab. Roasted meat is sandwiched between two pieces of bread or within pita bread. Shawarma is simple but nutritious and tasty.
Sayadeya is common seafood in Egypt. Whitefish (mullet, brass) is cooked along with yellow rice, sauce, and onions, followed by baking in earthenware.
This dish is somewhat spicy but is a gentle mix of spices and vegetables. Herb and spices are cooked along with a mix of onions, black pepper, salt, fava beans, dill, and leak. When cooked a green paste-like structure is evident. It is eaten with bread.
Chickpeas are soaked overnight in water. The idea is to soften them, they are then crushed, grind and converted into flour. Pepper, coriander, onion paste, and salt is added to the flour before making balls before frying.
Mahshi is the cheapest of all the foods in Egypt. It is most commonly eaten in the holy month of Ramadan. Rice is cooked in and along with spices, onions, tomato sauce, pepper, and dried mint. The mixture is boiled and cooled and is filled in eggplants, tomatoes, grape leaves or cabbage leaves as per ones liking.
Fattah is a festival dish. It is most commonly cooked during the eve of Eid-Ul-Adha (a Muslim festival following hajj). Lamb or beef meat is boiled and served along with bread, rice and tomato sauce. The dish is simple but has all the ingredients of healthy food.
Feseekh can be hazardous and can lead to food poisoning, at times. But locals and the tourists won’t desist from giving it a go. Mullet fish is allowed to lose its water content and get dry in the sunlight, followed by dipping the fish in the seawater for over a month. This is Feseekh and it is cooked in nature and without much of precautions.
Calf’s liver is cut into smaller pieces. It is cooked in olive oil till the color of liver changes. Then herbs, spices, and sauces are added as per one’s liking. It is served along with bread.
Ful Medammes is a staple of Egyptian food. It is served in breakfast. Coverless (skinless) fava beans are cooked in oil and along with salt. The dish is simple from the very onset but has all the flavors of Egyptian cuisine.
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