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Bites Fil Beit: Samak be khodar – fish with vegetables

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!

After the month of Ramadan and the summer vacation most of us can stand to lose a kilo or two. So, during this month we will feature traditional Egyptian fare, but low calorie. Enjoy!

Samak be khodar – fish with vegetables


  • ½ kg fish fillet – sa-mak fi-let
  • 2 medium carrots, cubed – gaz-zar
  • 2 small green peppers, cubed – fil-fil akh-dar
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cubed – ta-ma-tam
  • 2 medium onions, chopped – ba-sal
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped – ka-rafs
  • 3 stalks of fresh dill, chopped – sha-bat
  • 3 stalks of parsley, chopped – bar-doo-nis
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped – toom
  • 1 tsp cumin – ka-moon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice – a-seer la-moo-na
  • salt and pepper – malh and fil-fil



  • Mix the garlic, cumin, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the fish and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 180-200C. Place the fish filets in a non-stick metal baking pan. Mix the onion, carrot, green pepper, one tomato, celery, parsley and dill and toss it over the fish.
  • Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake until the fish is cooked, check the fish to make sure it is done. Fold back the foil and bake for three more minutes to brown the fish lightly. Serve immediately.



Serve a large green salad with the fish to complement the meal.

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