Egypt is famous all over the world not only for its rich historical heritage; numerous tourists have long appreciated the skill and art of local culinary specialists. After all, the history of the state is not only architectural monuments, the national cuisine allows you to see a kind of reflection of the country, formed under the influence of close and distant neighbors, conquerors and vanquished, etc. Let’s take a closer look at the national dishes of Egypt …
The main ingredients of Egyptian cuisine are legumes and vegetables; meat is a rather rare guest on the tables of local residents.
The most common and consumed dish is koshari, which combines pasta, spaghetti, rice, and tomato and lentil sauce. Spaghetti is fried in oil, all other ingredients are boiled. The vegetables and flour products brought to readiness are mixed, then generously seasoned with fried onions, spices and tomato sauce.
The second most popular dish is ful. It is made from beans. Beans, oil, lemon juice and traditional spices are also added. There are many variations of this dish, typical for different regions of the country. Ful is usually served with breakfast.
Fatta owes its origins to people from Nubia. This is a festive dish, which is prepared relatively rarely, but that does not make it any less tasty. It consists of several layers of fried bread and rice, filled with meat broth with garlic and vinegar. Large portions of beef and fried eggs are served as an appetizer for fatta.
Of course, connoisseurs and connoisseurs of seafood should not be upset either — it would be strange if the inhabitants of the coastal state did not know how to cook numerous representatives of the flora and fauna of the Red Sea, the Nile River and Lake Nasser. There are even special restaurants focused exclusively on this culinary direction. Fish are baked and boiled and fried and stewed. The Egyptians especially succeed in the fish platter, which combines a magnificent broth and no less tender pulp of seafood. Fried options include grilled fish seasoned with tomatoes and peppers.
If you want some local exoticism, be sure to taste the makes — this is a pigeon baked in coals and stuffed with rice.
Those of you who are not unreasonably considered to have a sweet tooth will not be offended either. The Egyptians also know a lot about this, the country is famous for a wide variety of pastries and sweets. The most famous dessert is umm-ali. It is a mixture of almonds, raisins, grated coconut and small pieces of puff pastry, doused with milk with added sugar and whipped cream, which is then baked in the oven. There is also an Egyptian version of pancakes, they are baked with a variety of fillings for every taste. Separately, we can mention the cakes — there are a great many of them, each option is prepared somehow in a special way: they are boiled in milk, soaked in honey, water infused with oranges is added to the dough, etc. The most common ingredient is honey, it is added to the dough, poured over the finished product, and cakes and cookies are covered with it. Another traditional sweet dish is malakhabija — milk rice with nuts and butter.
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