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Bites Fil Beit: Tagen ro’a’ bel batt – Tagine with crêpe crust and duck

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We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

Bites Fil BeitIngredients

  • 1 duck, medium size – batt
  • 4 onions, sliced and cut into haves – ba-sal
  • 5 sheets of prebaked, savoury crêpe – ro’a
  • 1 onion, cut in half – ba-sal
  • 2 cloves of garlic – tom
  • 1tsp nutmeg – go-zet e-teeb
  • 2 bay leaves – lau-ra
  • 2 pieces of Arabic gum – mas-tee-ka
  • 1 ½ tsp ghee – sam-na
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel


  • In large deep pan, add water, the onion cut into half, one bay leaf, one piece of Arabic gum and bring to a boil.
  • Add the duck, season with salt and pepper and leave until cooked.
  • Cut the duck meat into big pieces, disregarding the skin and bones. Save the broth.
  • Add the ghee to the tagine and add the onions, the second bay leaf, piece of Arabic gum, garlic. Stir on medium heat until the onions are soft and brown.
  • Add the duck and 1 ½ cup duck stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thick.
  • Cut the ro’a’ in big pieces. Just before serving arrange the ro’a’ on top of duck, making sure all is covered.
  • Add 1 ½ cup boiling duck stock to the tagine and leave to cook for another two minutes until ro’a’ absorbs the stock.
  • Serve immediately.

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