Egyptian Foods
and Ancient Egyptian Recipes

Egyptian foods have been around for thousands of years and Ancient Egyptian recipes closely resemble many other 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 also be experienced when dining out at your favorite Mediterranean restaurants.  Egyptian foods are known for their delicate balance of flavor and influence on many other cultures.

Egyptian Foods

Bread played a major role in Ancient Egypt and was prepared mainly from emmer wheat or farro (get it!).  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 Egyptian foods was mainly done over an open fire along with cooking 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 - learn how to make this rich sesame paste from toasted or raw sesame seeds.  

Ful Medames - is a staple fava bean dish usually eaten for breakfast in Egypt and needs to be properly made to prevent digestive distress.

Hummus Recipes - one of the most well known Middle Eastern dips.  Find out how to make variations to this chickpea dip.

Baba Ganoush Recipe - is another very famous appetizer dip and it's easily made with roasted eggplants.

Egyptian Bread - is a staple for Egyptians and is baked fresh daily.  In the past, this flatbread was made using an Ancient grain called Emmer wheat.

Falafel Recipe - is a very popular vegetarian dish made with beans.  And falafels can be fried or baked if you want a healthier falafel.

Egyptian Recipe for Stew - is a tomato based stew that can be made vegetarian or made using bone-in meats.

Popular Ingredients in Egyptian Cuisine

Sweetener & Fruits: Honey, Figs, Dates, Pomegranate, Grapes, Citrus Fruits, Apples, Tomatoes, Cucumber

Vegetables: Garlic, Onions, Eggplant, Leeks, Leafy Greens, Okra, Peas, Lima Beans

Grains: Wheat, Rice, Barley

Legumes: Fava Beans, Lentils, Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas

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

Protein Foods: Fish, Eggs, Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Goats, Pigs

Dairy Foods:  Ghee, Milk, Cheese, Quark

Nuts & Seeds: Pistachios, Almonds, Sesame Seeds, Coconuts

Modern Day Egyptian Foods

Moussaka Recipes - is made with layers of eggplants.  Learn about the many ways to make this comfort food.

Lamb Kebab - is a favorite meat dish of the Middle East.  Learn about the traditional way to make a kebab.

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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