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Top 7 foods (recipes) every visitor must try while in Egypt

Top 7 foods (recipes) every visitor must try while in Egypt
Written by See Africa Today

Arabian food has a reputation of one of the spiciest cuisines you will have in the world. While this is a fact not open to debate, Egypt is distinctly unique in her kitchen with delicacies having very little or no spices at all.

Food lovers say that it is only in Egypt where you will have a taste of all cultures in just one plate and I couldn’t agree more. Most meals are heavy on vegetables and legumes and less meat. If you are visiting Egypt for CAF, make sure you get some serving of the foods highlighted below:

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Egyptian koshari

Egyptian koshari, one of the best food for the vegetarians – Taste

It is Egypt’s national dish that has been sold in different joints for the last 100 years. Koshari is prepared from pasta, tomato sauce, rice, lentils, chickpeas, garlic and caramelized onions.

What’s interesting is that it was first introduced by British soldiers in the pre-colonial era. Each of the ingredients had been imported from Latin America, Italy and Asia before they were mixed all together to become a vegetarian dish loved immensely.

Baladi Bread
Egyptian Baladi bread recipe

The Egyptian Baladi bread – Courtesy

It would only be fair to say that in Egypt, most meals will not be complete without Baladi bread which is flat in nature and made from whole wheat and bran. It is baked and has a refining taste which tricks many into eating it alone while others prefer having other embellishments to eat along with, especially dips.

Ful Medames
Ful Medames Egypt

Ful Medames (Egyptian Breakfast Fava Beans With Tahini) – Serious Eats

Ful Medames is considered a staple food in Egypt and also an international dish as it is exported to countries in the Middle East. It is made up of lava beans served in a soup-like mixture of oil, garlic and lemon juice.

This dish, which has its root traced to the biblical pharaoh, is served alongside butter, tomato sauce and fried or boiled eggs. Traditionally though, it is served with an Egyptian bread bun.

Egyptian fattah

The Egyptian fattah. Due to its high calories value, it is only eaten during major religious celebrations – Courtesy

For any celebration in Egypt, both Muslims and Christians enjoy a serving which is, originally, a Nubian dish. Traditionally, it was prepared after a woman’s birth. It consists of rice and fried bread which are covered in garlic and vinegar meat soup.

The rice layer comes at on top while huge chunks of stewed been alongside poached eggs are served with the bread at the base. Due to its high calories value, it is only eaten during major religious celebrations for both Muslims and Christians; during Ramadhan for Muslims and 50 days before Easter for Christians.

Kofta Kebab (Grilled meat)
Kofta Kebab Egypt foods

Kofta Kebab also known as Kebab Koobideh (Minced meat kebabs) – Afghan Kitchen Recipes

This is the Egyptian kebab; it is a delicacy for meat lovers-mostly made of ground beef and lamb. Grilled over charcoal, Kofta Kebab is served with Baladi (bread) together with green salads and dips such as tzatziki and tahini.

Hawawshi (Egyptian meat pie)
Hawawshi recipe

Hawawshi Mutabbaq; Saudi Arabian and Egyptian-style stuffed sandwiches – Dalia’s Delights

Good news yet again for meat lovers. Hawawshi is an Egyptian meat pie made with spiced ground beef stuffed in a loaf of bread which is then baked in a rotisserie oven.

The food is also enjoyed in Saudi Arabia and therefore can be considered an Arabian meal

Pariba Ambula Besara
Pariba Ambula Besara recipe

Pariba Ambula Besara (Mix Vegetable in mustard garlic sauce) – Authentic Curry

It is one of the spicy vegetarian dishes that have been prepared in Egypt since the reign of Pharaoh. It is made with parsley, dill, leek, crushed fava beans, onions, hot chilli pepper, coriander and spices which are all cooked to form a paste-like soup which is eaten together with Baladi bread.

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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