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Ramadan Bites Fil Beit – Sobeit ma’lee bel mayonnaise – Fried calamari with mayonnaise

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Ramadan offers a whole new challenge to cooking Egyptian food. The breaking of the fast, Iftar, is the main menu of the day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal.

Bites Fil BeitDrink:                    Rose syrup

Soup:                    Onion Soup with Parmesan Cheese and toast

Salad:                    Potato salad with eggs

Appetiser:           Crispy fish fingers

Main Course:     Fried calamari fried with mayonnaise

Fried fish

Brown rice

Dessert:               Cake stuffed with coconut and cinnamon

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg calamari, cut into 5mm rings – so-beit
  • 2 eggs, beaten – beid
  • 1 cup flour – de-‘ee’
  • 1 tsp paprika – pa-pree-ka
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel
  • oil for frying – zeit

 

For the mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise – ma-yo-naise
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed – tom
  • 1 lemon juice – a-seer la-moon

 

Directions

Prepare the mayonnaise

  • Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

 

Prepare the calamari

  • Add the flour, paprika, salt and pepper to a large plastic sandwich bag. Drop in the calamari and shake well to coat all sides. This may need to be done in two batches, depending on the size of the bag.
  • Heat enough oil in a deep pan on medium heat. To check if the oil is at the right temperature, drop a cube of bread into the hot oil. It should become golden and crispy in 1 minute.
  • Dip the floured calamari into the beaten egg while the oil is heating up and carefully drop the calamari in the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with the garlic and lemon mayonnaise.

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