It’s the holy month of Ramadan. I am so lucky to be in Egypt during this peaceful time of generosity and giving. Streets are full of people 24/7. Mosques are decorated with colourful lights, smell of delicious food coming from local restaurants every where.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. The month lasts 29 to 30 days based on the sightings of the crescent moon. Although fasting is not easy during summer specially that it is not possible to drink even water till sunset, the spirit of patience and sharing makes it easily possible. I’ll share with you some of the famous Egyptian dishes usually served in Ramadan.
Usually the meal starts with famous Egyptian chicken or meat & orzo soup, served with parsley and few drops of lemon. Perfect start after 14 hours of fasting.
Then “Yamish” is served , dried fruit compote mixed with nuts. Great energy booster.
“Mahshy“: different kinds of vegetables : Eggplant, green pepper , zucchini, and tomatoes; stuffed with rice & herbs mixture .
Filo pastry stuffed with cooked ground beef ,usually prepared with diced tomatoes and green peppers and seasoned with fresh parsley .
A layer of baked pita bread ,soaked in beef stock,topped with white rice then pieces of beef, lamb or veal. Fattah is served with special sour tomato & garlic sauce.
“Bamya” , Okra
Okra is a non expensive yummy vegetable grown in summer. Egyptians have Okra stew at least once a week when in season, stew is usually made with lamb, seasoned with few drops of lime and served with whole wheat pita bread .
ِA famous dessert in Ramadan, looks like mini crepe, stuffed with nuts and deep fried then soaked in honey syrup
Roz blaban “Rice pudding”
A well known Egyptian dessert. My father is expert in making Roz blaban,I am so proud he taught me the secret of mastering the recipe.
Baked Chicken with Potatoes
Onion is marinated with salt and pepper then rubbed all over chicken. Chicken is then seasoned a second time with mixture of salt,pepper, ground coriander and paprika. Potatoes and green peppers are seasoned by same spices and baked with chicken. When almost done, chicken is rubbed with a tablespoon of tomato paste .
Sohour is the second and last meal served before dawn, Foul “fava bean” is the main dish in sohour beside dates shake, milk or yoghurt and cucumber salad.
Ramadan is great way for detox. By the end of the month I feel great. Unfortunately ,I get back to the way before ramadan in few days !!