The traditional Egyptian food has a distinctive flavor and aroma. Explore some easy traditional Egyptian food recipes, with this article.

Egyptian Food Recipes

The traditional Egyptian food is characterized by its unique flavor and taste. The cuisine satisfies the taste buds of both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Garlic and onion are some of the most common ingredients of the Egyptian food. A special blend of spices makes the food all the more enticing. Mouth-watering desserts, soups, meatballs and dishes made of lamb, rice and chicken, together make a sumptuous Egyptian meal. You can check out some easy traditional Egyptian food recipes, in the following lines.
Easy Traditional Egyptian Food Recipes
'Egyptian Kefta' - Meatballs (Appetizer)
  • 800g Lamb, finely ground
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Parsley, minced
  • 1 minced Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander, ground
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Mint
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • In a large bowl, mix together the minced lamb, minced parsley, minced onion, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, mint and pepper.
  • Set the mixture aside, for about five minutes.
  • Make small meat balls out of the mixture.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan, on medium flame.
  • Beat two eggs in a bowl and dip the meat balls in the egg.
  • Dust the meatballs with breadcrumbs.
  • Put the meatballs in the heated oil, one by one.
  • Deep-fry the meatballs until golden brown.
  • Serve hot, with tomato ketchup. 
Egyptian Lentil Soup
  • 1 cup Dried Lentils
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot, sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Celery, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 2 cups Water 
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  • Add carrot, onion, garlic, celery and bay leaf and sauté on medium flame.
  • When the vegetables become tender, add lentils, tomato & chicken stock.
  • Pour water in the saucepan and cover it with a lid.
  • Reduce the flame to simmer and cook for about half an hour, or until the lentils become tender.
  • Remove the saucepan from flame, allowing the soup to cool for sometime.
  • Transfer the soup into a food processor and blend it well, to form a puree.
  • Bring the blended soup back onto the flame.
  • Now, add salt and pepper and boil it for five minutes.
  • Serve hot. 
'Biram Ruz' - Egyptian Rice Casserole (Main Dish)
  • 2 cups Long Grain Rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups Whole Milk 
  • 2 cups Fresh Cream, thick
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • Heat the milk in a large saucepan, on medium flame.
  • Add the cream to milk and bring it to a light boil.
  • Place the long grain rice in a casserole dish.
  • Pour the milk-cream mixture over rice and stir. Add salt and mix well.
  • Bake the rice in oven at 400o F, for about 35 minutes.
  • When the rice is almost done, sprinkle butter on top.
  • Cook rice for another 20 minutes.
  • Serve the dish hot, with chicken or lamb. 
Egyptian Rice Pudding (Dessert)
  • 3/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Rose Water
  • 6 cups Milk
  • 2 Cardamoms, crushed
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • Chopped Pistachios (for garnish)  
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan, on simmer.
  • When the milk reaches lukewarm temperature, add rice flour and sugar to it. Mix well.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, by cooking it for about two minutes, on medium flame. Be sure not to scorch the mixture.
  • Add cardamom and saffron. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue stirring the mixture for one more minute.
  • Remove the mixture from flame, add rosewater to it and garnish it with pistachios.
  • Allow the pudding to cool completely, on room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the pudding, for about two hours.
  • Serve the pudding, chilled.

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