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Traditional Food of Egypt

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Do you plan to spend the holiday in Egypt, or are you just passing through and don't know what to eat? Egypt is a lovely place to visit and is an excellent choice for a vacation or tourism.  Apart from its ancient history, mummies, and artifacts, you will find that Egyptian Cuisine is equally interesting. The ancient Egyptians didn’t eat just for the time they lived; their choice of food was also influenced by their preparation for the afterlife. Fascinating, isn’t it?


These traditional foods nourished the ancient Egyptians, and they still taste good today. The food of Egyptian Cuisine is not just tasty; it is good for your health as well. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm. You will not be emaciated before you go back home. You will have more than enough pleasurable moments visiting historical sites and getting nourished all the way.

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Egyptian Food


All of Egypt's ancient history makes Egyptian Cuisine what it is today, with a rich inheritance in dish preparation methods. Like in most Middle Eastern countries, a big part of Egyptian culture is gathering and celebrating with family and friends with delicious meals on the table. Ranging from breakfast to dessert, here are some Egyptian foods you wouldn’t want to miss anytime you visit Egypt:



This is one of the most popular food items in traditional Egyptian Cuisine. It is mostly sold on the street and served from carts and restaurants. It is made with rice, macaroni, lentils, and chickpeas and topped off with caramelized onions, thick red sauce, garlic sauce, vinegar sauce, or even chili sauce. It is a cheap and filling meal full of carbs. Look forward to the scintillating taste this food will give your taste buds.




Mahshi are stuffed vegetables in the Egyptian style of Egyptian Cuisine. You will be more interested in this if you are a vegetarian. Mahshi is basically vegetables of choice such as zucchini, eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage leaves, or grapevine leaves stuffed with rice filling. The filling consists of rice, herbs (parsley, cilantro, and dill), tomato sauce with seasoning, and a touch of cinnamon. Some people like to add minced meat to the filling for a generous meal. However, it is still sumptuous without adding meat. This meal is something you should try while in Egypt, especially since it's one of the many delights of Egyptian food you will absolutely love.

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Molokhia is also a traditional Egyptian dish from old Egyptian Cuisine. It is named after the leafy green that is used in the preparation of the stew. This meal is also known as jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius). It is a stew made up of leafy greens, cut into pieces, and prepared in chicken, beef, or seafood broth mixed with ground coriander and fried garlic. It is mostly served with rice, bread, chicken, beef, or seafood.

It is packed with essential vitamins such as iron and potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B3, making it a healthy Egyptian food. This meal is not popular in Egypt, not just for its aroma and taste but also for its nutritional content. You will hardly find any other meal healthier than Molokhia in Egyptian Cuisine. It is important to note that the preparation of this meal depends on the region of Egypt.




Falafel is also known as Ta’meya. It is an Egyptian traditional breakfast that is a perfect match with eggs, cheese, and pita bread. The traditional Egyptian Falafel is made of fava beans. Fava beans are soaked overnight to soften and then crushed in a food processor. They are then mixed with a fresh combination of cilantro, parsley, white onion, garlic, and leek giving them their vibrant green color.

This meal is packed with loads of flavor, no surprise it is loved by all. Spices such as cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper are added along with chickpea flour. Rolled into balls and fried. Sounds yummy right? You don’t want to miss trying this from Egyptian Cuisine.


Foul Medammes


Foul Medammes is often called Foul (pronounced "fool"). Fool, sorry, I mean Foul, is the most common in the Egyptian breakfast. it is a very popular dish in Egyptian Cuisine. It is also made of fava beans. These beans require being soaked overnight and then cooked for a long time at low heat in an "idra" (a traditional heating system) in order to remove the beans casing. It is commonly eaten as a dish with eggs, cheese, pita bread, and/or ta’meya. It can be an easy breakfast made like a sandwich. The beans contain nutrients such as carbohydrates and iron and are low in saturated fats.






Fattah is most often served in ceremonies going way back to ancient Egypt. Fattah is still a major dish today in celebration of the first day of the Islamic feast (Eid al-Adha). It is a combination of crispy bread, rice, meat, and vinegar or tomato sauce. The meat used for special occasions is lamb meat, while on an ordinary day it is beef. Although it is a simple dish from the old Egyptian Cuisine, it is satisfying.



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By now, you will have realized that there is so much to look forward to on your trip to Egypt. Prepare to be enchanted by ancient cities and cuisines that will tantalise your taste buds. You are in for pleasurable moments and some of the best Egyptian food items that Egyptian cuisine has to offer throughout your stay in the ancient city of Egypt.

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