Ancient Egyptian Foods
and Easy 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 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 restaurant. 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. And it makes a great dip or side dish for grilled fish.
Moussaka Recipes - is made with layers of eggplants and some sort of sauce. Learn about the many ways to make this Middle Eastern comfort food for everyone in your family.
Falafel Recipe - is a vegetarian dish that's made with protein rich legumes and is often used as a replacement for meat. Falafels can also be baked instead of fried for a healthier version.
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 & Spices: Thyme, Fenugreek, Fennel, Dill, Marjoram, Sage, 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, Celery, Carrots, Peas, 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. 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.
Egyptian Recipe for Stew - is a tomato based Egyptian stew that features okra as the main vegetable. This stew can be vegetarian or made with bone-in meats.
Ful Medames is a staple dish for many Egyptians and is made from fava beans that's usually eaten for breakfast in Egypt and needs to be properly prepared to prevent digestive distress.
Egyptian Bread - is another staple for Egyptians and is baked fresh daily. In the past, this flatbread was made by using an ancient grain called Emmer wheat.
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
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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