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Bites Fil Beit: Om Ali

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!

Om Ali  


  • 5 cups milk – la-ban
  • 2 tbsp butter – zeb-da
  • Sugar, according to taste – su-kar
  • 1/4 cup almonds – loz
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut – bon-do
  • 1/2 cup raisins – zi-beeb
  • 5 sheets filo pastry – goo-lesh
  • 3 tbsp double cream – doo-ble kreem


  • Heat the oven on medium high, 175C. Place the filo pastry on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy.
  • Place the hazelnuts and almonds on a small baking sheet and grill in the oven for four minutes. Let the nuts cool off, peel or blanch them and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a non-stick, deep pan heat the milk and sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved. Use enough sugar so the milk tastes a little sweeter than what you like.
  • Break the filo pastry with your hands into medium size pieces and put in a large casserole. Add the hazelnuts, almonds and raisins and cover with the milk to fill 2/3 of the casserole.
  • Heat the oven to medium-high heat, 200C. Place the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes until the filo pastry starts to absorb the milk and its volume increases.
  • Remove from the oven and spread the butter and cream on the top. Place the casserole back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes more. If top has not turned golden brown yet, grill for two minutes. Serve hot.


You can use mille feuille pastry or special pastry for Om Ali from any bakery instead of using filo pastry.

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