The typical food of Egypt: the fatta

The cuisine of Egypt is marked by the long history of its culture and the influence of other peoples. Among the different traditional dishes of Egyptian food we find the fatta, made with some typical products of the area. In this article, we tell you what is the fatta And we explain how to make this delicious dish.

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The fatta, also known as fatteh, is a dish whose history begins in ancient Egypt, specifically in the Nubian culture. Since then, it has continued to be elaborated, both in this country and in other nearby territories, among which are Lebanon, Palestine or Jordan.

Formerly, it is a dish that farm workers consumed as breakfast, because thanks to its ingredients it provides an important number of nutrients and energy for the whole day.

Today, it is usually prepared on special occasions, when a large number of people gather to eat, such as a wedding or during Ramadan, when Muslims fast until the sun sets.


To prepare this traditional Egyptian dish we will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 glasses of chicken broth
  • 1 glass of water
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 kg of chicken or lamb meat
  • Half a glass of tomato sauce
  • 3 pita breads
  • 500 g of rice
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil

If you do not want to consume meat and prefer to prepare an alternative vegan, you can substitute chicken or lamb meat for chickpeas and, in this way, prepare the call hummus fatteh.


This preparation is traditionally homemade, so the way to cook it can vary in each territory. However, these are the basic steps that are usually followed:

First, cut the bread into pieces and put it in broth for about 15 minutes. On the other hand, oil is heated in a pot and rice is poured. After two minutes, water and salt are added, and cooked.

Then, the garlic is minced and heated in a pan with oil until golden brown. They add vinegar and tomato sauce. They can also be seasoned with other ingredients. Likewise, the meat is roasted, which in Egypt is seasoned.

Finally, rice, bread, broth, tomato sauce and meat are placed on a tray. It is heated in the oven for 10 minutes and is ready to serve. When it comes to eating it, one option is to add a little yogurt sauce.

There are some dishes with common characteristics to the fatta They are prepared in some areas of Egypt. One of them is the fette, which includes eggplant, carrot and cumin.

Another alternative is the fattoush, a kind of salad that is accompanied with pieces of chicken and vegetables, as well as sliced ​​and fried bread. Depending on your tastes, you can make one variety or another.

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