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Bites fil beit: Batata bel eshta– Sweet potato with condensed cream

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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:

2 kg sweet potatoes –Ba-ta-ta

1 cup milk –la-ban

sugar (optional) –suk-kar

nuts –mo-ka-sa-rat

1 cup condensed cream –esh-ta



  1. Preparing the sweet potatoes:
    • Clean the sweet potatoes very well with a brush.
    • Heat oven to high temperature (220-240 C).
    • Put the sweet potatoes in the oven until they soften. Alternatively, you can put them in a pan over heat to get the same result.
    • Add the sugar to the milk and stir constantly until sugar dissolves completely.
    • Peel the sweet potatoes.
    • Squash them with a fork and add milk until mixture is smooth. Alternatively you can blend them in a blender to create a puree. Add more milk if mixture is too thick. Keep warm.

2- Assembling the dish:

  • Arrange the mixture in a glass serving bowl and then pour the nuts over the sweet potato mixture.
  • Cover all the sweet potatoes with the condensed cream and put in the oven on medium heat until the surface is golden.
  • Serve hot.


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