Ancient Egyptian Foods
and Modern Day 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 documented 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.


Modern Day 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 in Egyptian Cuisine

Herbs & SpicesParsley, Thyme, Mint, Fennel, Cumin, Coriander, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Mustard

Nuts & Seeds Almonds, Walnuts, Sesame Seeds

Grains:  Wheat, Rice, and Barley

*Emmer or Farro Wheat for Flatbread

Oil:  Olive Oil

SweetenerHoney

Fruits:  Figs, Dates, Grapes, Lemons, Apples, Melons, Pomegranate, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Dried Fruits, Olives, Eggplant

Protein Foods:  Eggs, Fish, Seafood, Beef, Lamb, Ducks, Geese, Chicken, Goat, Rabbit, Pork


Organ Meats:  Beef Liver, Foie Gras

Vegetables:  Onions, Okra, Garlic, Leeks, Lettuce, Radishes, Celery, Carrots, Peas


Potatoes, Turnips, Artichokes, Cabbage

Legumes:  Fava Beans, Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas, Lentils


Dairy Foods:  Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Milk, Cream, Butter, Yogurt

Ancient Egyptian Recipes

Cooking Egyptian foods was mainly done over an open fire along with cooking in clay ovens.  And of course, some of their foods were eaten in the raw state.

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 Foods

What Egyptian foods that 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 a well balanced diet.  The proximity of Egypt to the Middle East made trade with Egypt easy, so Egypt enjoyed foodstuffs from foreign countries as well.

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

Bread played a major role in ancient Egypt and was prepared mainly from Emmer aka Farro Wheat (get it!).  Vegetables and legumes also played a very important role in ancient Egyptian cuisine.

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 were Egyptian foods enjoyed by the wealthier Egyptians.

Dairy was also consumed in ancient Egypt in the form of milk, cheese, and cream.

The Ancient Nile River

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.

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.

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