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Bites fil beit: Moza we roz bel erfa – Beef shanks with cinnamon rice

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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:

  • 3 cups rice –roz
  • 1 kg beef shanks –moza
  • 1 ½ cup nuts (pine-almond-raisins) – mo-ka-sa-rat
  • 2 tsp cinnamon –er-fa
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar – suk-kar
  • 1 onion medium –ba-sal
  • 4 bay leaves –lau-ra
  • 2 cardamoms – hab-ba-ha-n
  • oil and ghee –zeit and sam-na
  • salt and pepper –malh and fel-fel


  1. In a deep pan, add water, onion, bay leaves and cardamom, season with salt and pepper and leave to boil.
  2. Add the meat and let it simmer on low heat until it is cooked.
  3. Heat oven to 200 degrees, put the meat in a baking dish, coat with 1 tbsp oil, and then put the dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until brown.
  4. Meanwhile, wash the rice under running water and drain.
  5. In a deep nonstick pan, heat the ghee, and then add the rice and stir. Add 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, brown sugar and stir until combined; add water and leave over high heat until water is absorbed, then cover and move to low heat and leave until the rice is completely cooked.
  6. In a small skillet, heat the remaining oil, add the nuts and the remaining cinnamon and stir until crispy and golden.
  7. In a serving platter, put rice, sprinkle nuts on top and then add the meat.

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