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Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Calamari in the oven

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!



The menu today is low-fat and low-calorie

  • Drink:                    Mixed juice – Mango, strawberry and banana
  • Salad:                   Tehina
  • Main Course:   Calamari in the oven – Fried fish – Brown rice(fish rice)
  • Dessert:                Om Ali


Calamari in the oven


  • 1/2 bunch parsley or coriander, chopped – bar-doon-is or koz-ba-ra
  • 1 tsp mixed fish spices or cumin – bo-ha-rat sa-makor ka-moon
  • 2 tbsp dill, chopped – sah-bat
  • 1 kg calamari – ka-la-ma-ri
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed – toom
  • 1 cup tomato juice – aseer ta-ma-tam
  • 1 green chili pepper – arn fil-fil akh-dar
  • 1 large onion, sliced – ba-sal
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced – fil-fil akh-dar
  • 1 medium tomato, diced – ta-ma-tam
  • salt and pepper – malh and fil-fil


  • Clean and wash the calamari. Cut into thin squares. Cut chili pepper into small pieces.
  • Put the calamari, onion, pepper, chili pepper, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, dill and tomato juice in a casserole and season with fish spices, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Heat oven to 200C. Cover the casserole with aluminium foil and put in oven for 15 minutes or until calamari is tender. Remove foil and cook for another 5 minutes.


Different kinds of fish, cut into squares, can be added together with the calamari if so desired.








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