Ancient Egyptian Foods
and Easy Egyptian Recipes

Egyptian foods have been around for thousands of years.

Did you know that ancient Egyptian recipes closely resemble many other Middle Eastern dishes?

Ancient Egyptian recipes are foods such as wheat bread and hummus.

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

Easy Egyptian Recipes

Baba Ganoush Recipe - is very famous creamy appetizer dip that's made from roasted eggplants and tahini. 

Baba ganoush resembles hummus and also makes a great dip or side dish for grilled fish.

Lamb Kebab - is usually made with marinated cubes of lamb meat that's skewered along with vegetables and grilled. 

Learn about another technique that uses ground marinated meat to make a kebab.

Ingredients for
Ancient Egyptian Recipes

Sweeteners: Raw Honey and Dates

*Since the ancient Egyptians did not have sugar, they used honey and dates to sweeten food

Herbs & SpicesThyme, Sage, Dill, Fenugreek, Fennel, Marjoram, Cumin, Coriander, Aniseed, Cinnamon, and Salt

*Spices were used in ancient Egypt to preserve food as well as for health

Nuts & Seeds Walnuts, Almonds, Coconuts, Sesame Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Poppy Seeds

*Nuts were commonly used in Egyptian sweets

Fruits:  Figs, Dates, Plums, Grapes, Cucumber, Apples, Eggplant, Melons, Olives, and Pomegranate

*Ancient Egyptians occasionally drank fruit juices

Vegetables:  Onions, Okra, Garlic, Leeks, Leafy Greens, Radishes, Peas, Celery, Carrots, Squash, Turnips, and Cabbage

*Egyptians loved eating their veggies

Legumes:  Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas, Fava Beans, Other Beans, and Lentils

*Egyptians may have been the first to cook beans

Grains:  Wheat, Spelt, Sorghum, Millet, and Barley

*Emmer or Farro wheat was used for flatbreads

Oils:  Sesame Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Goose Fat, Beef Fat, Ghee, Nut Oils, Horseradish Oil, and Safflower Oil

*Many fats and oils were included in ancient Egyptian diets

Protein Foods:  Geese, Pigeons, Cranes, Ducks, Chickens, Quail, Poultry Eggs, Goats, Gazelles, Deer, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Organ Meats, and Fish from the Nile

*Fish was readily available to the Egyptians

Dairy Foods:  Yogurt aka Curd, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Milk, Cream, and Butter

*Egyptians made dairy products from goat, sheep, and cow milk

More Easy Egyptian Recipes

Tahini Recipes - is a rich sesame paste or sesame butter made from toasted or raw sesame seeds.

Tahini can be mixed with other tasty ingredients like honey.  Find out how to deal with sesame seeds high amount of anti-nutrients.

Hummus Recipes - is one of the most well known Middle Eastern dips.  Find out how to make a creamier version of this dip. 

And a healthier hummus is made by first soaking your chickpeas for better digestion.

Ful Medames - is a staple dish for many Egyptians.

Ful Medames is made from fava beans that's usually eaten for breakfast in Egypt and needs to be properly prepared to prevent digestive distress.

Ancient Egyptian Cuisine

What Egyptian foods ancient Egyptians ate did vary depending on their financial and social status at the time. 

Basically, the more money you had, the better you ate and drank.

For the most part, ancient Egyptians did not go hungry and had an abundance of food. 

The proximity of Egypt to the Middle East made trade with Egypt easy, so Egypt enjoyed foodstuffs from foreign countries as well.

Ancient Egyptian Foods

Cooking Egyptian foods was done mainly over an open fire along with cooking in clay ovens.

Poultry and fish caught from the Nile were commonly eaten by all ancient Egyptians.

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

Fruits like dates, grapes, and figs were popular treats of the ancient Egyptians. 

Vegetables and legumes also played a very important role in ancient Egyptian cuisine. 

Vegetables were eaten raw and cooked.

Bread played a major role in ancient Egypt and was prepared mainly from Emmer aka Farro Wheat (get it!).

Beer was the most popular and is thought to be the main drink of ancient Egyptians. 

Although, if you came from the rich side of the fence you probably enjoyed wine made from grapes or pomegranates.

Dairy was also consumed by ancient Egyptians mainly in the form of butter, cheese, and cream.

Red meats were expensive Egyptian foods enjoyed by the wealthier Egyptians.  Poorer Egyptians did occasionally eat meat, but usually only as part of a festival.

The Ancient Nile River

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

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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