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Bites Fil Beit : Samak ‘ala el taree’a el torkeya –Turkish Fish

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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 kg fish (any kind) – sa-mak

1 onion chopped – ba-sal

2 green pepper diced – fel-fel akh-dar

2 red pepper diced – fel-fel ah-mar

1 tbsp garlic chopped – tom

4 tbsp parsley fine chopped – ba’-doo-nis

2 tbsp lemon juice – lamoon

1tbsp vinger – khall

½ tbsp Paprika – pa-pree-ka

½ cup black olive slices – ze-toon is-wid me’ata’

½ tbsp cumin – kam-moon

½ cup tomatoes juice – aseer ta-ma-tem

Salt and pepper – malh we fel-fel

Sunflower oil for frying – zeit ab-bad el shams

Flour for coating fish – de-‘ee

 

Directions:

1-      Preheat oven to 180C.

2-      Wash the fish well, and then pat it dry.

3-      In a small bowl, mix cumin, vinegar, paprika, 1/2 tbsp garlic, salt and pepper.

4-      Rub the fish with the mixture.

5-      Cover the fish well with flour, making sure you coat it from all sides.

6-      In a skillet heat the sunflower oil and then place the fish in the oil.

7-      Continue to fry the fish until it is golden.

8-      Take the fish out of the skillet.

9-      In the same skillet, put the green and red pepper, onion, black olives, 1/2 tbsp garlic, tomato juice, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper and some water.

10-   Stir the mixture well until it thickens a little bit.

11-    Place half the mixture in the bottom of an oven-safe dish

12-   Stuff the fish with some of the mixture, and then put the remaining mixture over the fish.

13-   Place in the dish in the oven for 5 minutes and then serve immediately.


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