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Ramadan beneath the surface: Cinnamon baasto and gingered coffee

Ramadan provides an annual opportunity for restaurants to show off their best meals for the hungry fasting crowd. The food business thrives as customers line up to find a seat in dinner halls, fast food outlets and ‘shaaby chic’ kitchens.

But there are other establishments to choose from once you’re done with lengthy family dinners at home, local places only known by name and neglected by reviewers. We, a meat-loving Egyptian and a flexible vegetarian foreigner with a shared love of food, go on a culinary quest through the streets of Cairo to experience Ramadan beneath the surface.

Daily News Egypt

Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Ferakh bel basal akhdar we karee – Chicken with green onions and curry

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Ramadan Bites Fil Beit: Shorbet esmak bahareya – Seafood soup

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Ferakh bel asal eswed – Chicken with molasses

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Bites Fil Beit: Muffins bel balah we el tofah – Muffins with dates and apple

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Bites Fil Beit: Batates mahsheya faheeta – Fajita stuffed potatoes

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

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In Pictures: Breaking the fast

During the long days of Ramadan, as people fast, they make preparations for iftar, the meal with which Muslims around the world break their fasts. Ingredients and desserts are bought from shops and street vendors alike and shortly before the sun goes down people gather in groups of all sizes to share breakfast. Here are …

Daily News Egypt

Bites Fil Beit: – Shorbet shoufan bel ferakh we Salatet bokla – Oat soup with chicken and Watercress salad

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Bites Fil Beit: Rayesh dany bel a’sal – Lamb ribs with honey

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.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Khamsa We Khmesa: A delicious Cairo Iftar

Luckily, Khamsa We Khmesa offered us an unforgettable experience in a quiet, serene environment serving fine, tasty cuisine. The restaurant was a bit tough to find in the chaotic streets of El-Mohandeseen suburb of Giza, but it was worth our while when we got there.

Hend Kortam

Flash mob in El-Azhar park to promote tourism

As the sun began to make its way down the horizon, and families gathered at the park for Iftar, the signal to start was given. For the next ten seconds everyone scrambled to find a pose, and continued to hold the pose for the next three minutes. A videographer roamed around the still participants.

Luiz Sanchez

Ramadan timings revolutionised

Everything was set up to cater for the Ramadan culture of our fellow Egyptians. But things did not go as planned. I was surprised to find absolutely no traffic jams in the couple of hours before Iftar as I headed home from work.

Rana Allam

Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Sambousak with different fillings

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.
Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.
Happy Ramadan!

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Kobeba

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.
Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.
Happy Ramadan!

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

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