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Bites Fil Beit: Koftet el Gambari – Shrimp kofta

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 shrimps, medium size, peeled– gam-ba-ri mo-ta-waset
  • 1/2 kg potato (boiled) – ba-ta-tes
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed– tom
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste– sal-set ta-ma-tem
  • 1/2 cup parsely chopped –ba’-doo-nis
  • 1 tsp curry – ka-ree
  • 1tsp fish spices – bo-ha-rat samak
  • 2 onions, medium size, chopped– ba-sal
  • 2 tomatoes grated– ta-ma-tem
  • oil for deep frying– zeit
  • 1 tbsp lemon peel– eshr la-moon
  • salt and pepper– malh and fel-fel



  1. Peel shrimps and wash them well.
  2. Reserve the shrimp heads and put in a blender with one cup of water.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and then set aside.
  4. In a food processor, put peeled shrimp, potato, parsley, one chopped onion, lemon peel, fish spices, salt and pepper. Process until well combined.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  6. Shape the shrimp mixture into balls. Deep-fry in oil until lightly golden. Drain the oil on paper towels.
  7. In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add remaining onion and garlic and stir until yellow. Add grated tomatoes, tomato paste and curry.
  8. Add reserved blended shrimp, salt and pepper and about one cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Add the shrimp balls to the saucepan and leave to cook for 20-30 minutes until shrimp is cooked. Serve with white rice.


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