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Egypt: Recipes and Cuisine

Fruit vendor in Aswan Souk, Egypt

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Egyptian cuisine goes back 5000 years to the time of the pharaohs. The pyramid builders survived on a diet of onions, garlic, coarse bread and beer. Beer is now mostly out of the picture, but those other basic ingredients, supplemented by tomatoes, okra, eggplant, favas, lentils, pasta and rice, still form the foundation of Egyptian food today. Meat has always been spare for Egyptians, given the small sliver of grazable land either side of the Nile. But dairy cattle provide a variety of farmer-style cheeses, and dishes using domesticated pigeon are favorites.

Typical Egyptian Dishes

Egyptian Recipes

Try these recipes from Egypt.


Kefta meatballs with yogurt sauce

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)


Egyptian kushari shop

(Egyptian pasta, rice and lentils with tomato sauce)


Tarator Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce

(Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce)

Hamam Mahshi

Egyptian pigeon loft

(Egyptian braised squab stuffed with cracked wheat)


Freshly baked pita bread

(Egyptian pocket bread; see Pita recipe)


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