Egyptian Foods
and Ancient Egyptian Recipes

Egyptian foods have been around for thousands of years and Ancient Egyptian recipes closely resemble other popular middle eastern dishes.

Ancient Egyptian recipes are foods such as pita bread, hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, and tahini.

The Ancient Egyptians didn't really write down any of their recipes, but did leave some documented clues.

Egyptian Cuisine can be experienced when dining out at your favorite middle eastern restaurants.  Egyptian foods are known for their delicate balance of flavor and the use of fresh ingredients.

Egyptian Foods

Ancient Egyptian Food

Bread played a major role in ancient Egypt and was prepared mainly from emmer wheat.  Vegetables and legumes also played a very important role in Ancient Egyptian cuisine.

Figs, dates, and grapes were commonly eaten fruits along with fresh poultry and fish caught from the Nile.

Beer was the main drink of ancient Egypt. Although, if you came from the rich side of the fence you probably enjoyed some wine.

Red meats, raw honey, coconuts, peaches, and apples were also enjoyed by the Egyptians.

Cooking was mainly done over an open fire along with cooking food in clay ovens.  Egyptians cooked some of their food by baking, boiling, or roasting certain foods.

And of course, some of their foods were eaten in the raw state.

Popular Ancient Egyptian Recipes

Tahini Recipes - a paste made from sesame seeds.

Ful Medames - an ancient fava bean dish eaten for breakfast.

Hummus Recipes - dish traditionally made with chickpeas aka garbanzo beans and tahini.

Baba Ganoush Recipe - a very famous appetizer dip made with eggplant.

Egyptian Bread - was a staple for Egyptians and was eaten with many Egyptian meals.

Falafel Recipe - is a vegetarian dish that is eaten all over the middle east.

Egyptian Recipe for Stew - this ancient stew is made with okra and meat such as lamb or beef.

Common Ingredients in Egyptian Cuisine

Sweetener & Fruits: Honey, Figs, Dates, Pomegranate, Grapes, Citrus Fruits

Vegetables: Garlic, Onions, Eggplant, Leeks, Leafy Greens, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Okra, Peas

Grains: Wheat, Rice, Barley

Legumes: Fava Beans, Lentils, Lima Beans, Garbanzo Beans


Spices & Herbs:  Cinnamon, Cumin, Coriander, Mustard, Mint, Dill, Parsley

Protein Foods: Fish, Poultry Foods, Beef, Lamb, Dairy Products

Nuts & Seeds: Pistachios, Almonds, Sesame Seeds

Modern Day Egyptian Cuisine

Moussaka Recipes - a layered vegetable or meat dish using eggplant.

Lamb Kebab - is a favorite dish of the Middle East and most likely where this dish was first created.

The Ancient Nile River

The Nile was Ancient Egypt's irrigation system and may have played a big part in keeping Egyptians healthy.

The Nile actually starts from Africa and is the longest river in the world.

It usually rises in September or October and creates a yearly flood that leaves a layer of fertile soil for farmers.

The Ancient Egyptian farmers were able to harvest a surplus of crops because of the incredible soil created by the Nile each year.


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